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By adamg - 5/20/22 - 1:54 pm

Boston can only enact limits on annual rent increases with the approval of the state legislature and the governor, and candidate Maura Healey said today that's not going to happen on her watch.

By adamg - 5/9/22 - 2:34 pm

The city today announced a program called Solarize Eastie aimed at getting more solar panels on local roofs through discounts and other incentives. Read more.

By adamg - 4/26/22 - 1:30 pm

Mayor Wu today announced she will use $60 million in federal Covid-19 relief money to build or buy affordable houses and condos, bolster down-payment assistance programs and expand a city program that reduces interest rates on mortgages. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/22 - 9:13 pm

First: Yes, Hyde Park!

Second: No, not Fairmount Hill (IYKYK). Read more.

By Briancj - 4/9/22 - 8:23 pm

While we haven't seen the TLF for a while here, their work continues apace. Can turkeys claim squatters rights?

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2022/04/08/wild-turkey-chestnut-hill-living-room/

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By adamg - 3/22/22 - 12:07 pm

Not long after approving a proposal for a roof deck on Worcester Street in the South End, the Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a request for permission to build a new roof deck at 460 East 7th St. in South Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/22 - 10:00 am

Three tenants at the Georgetowne Homes development in Hyde Park are suing a Braintree law firm that filed to evict them and 110 other families last March, despite a city moratorium on evictions. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/22 - 12:20 pm

Mayor Wu today announced members of a rent stabilization advisory committee of "housing advocates, developers, tenants, and other stakeholders" that would develop proposed legislation to let Boston put some brakes on rapidly escalating rents, in a way the city hasn't seen since small landlords won a statewide referendum question in 1994 to ban rent ordinances in Boston, Brookline and Cambridge. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/22 - 9:01 am

Nicole DaSilva has set up a GoFundMe page to help the 25 families who lost everything when their Maverick Street homes caught fire early Monday.

By adamg - 2/4/22 - 11:01 am

PBS's "This Old House yesterday started a new season focusing on Derek Rubinoff and Robyn Marder's 1894 home on a side street off Lagrange.

The ten-episode series follow as Rubinoff - himself an architect - and Marder and the show crew try to turn a 19th-century Victorian that had its last major upgrade in World War II into a 21st-century home while maintaining its Victorian charm.

By adamg - 1/24/22 - 10:07 pm

A chilly Moss Hill resident who has been without heat since at least 4 p.m. reports on the huge hole National Grid now has on Moss Hill Road near Woodland Road: Read more.

By adamg - 12/23/21 - 11:10 am

A Housing Court judge yesterday denied the city's request to let its pandemic-related ban on evictions continue as it appeals her earlier decision to dismiss the ban. Read more.

By adamg - 12/14/21 - 9:16 am
Old FleetCenter bottle opener

Josh Bitker shows us the bottle opener he found when he cleaned out his for the first time in awhile.

By adamg - 11/30/21 - 9:44 am

Real-estate attorney Richard Vetstein reports a Housing Court justice yesterday ruled the Boston Public Health Commission went too far in imposing a ban on evictions as a public-health measure. Read more.

By adamg - 11/15/21 - 4:42 pm
A Pallet shelter

A Pallet shelter.

The state next month will set up a "temporary cottage community" on the grounds of Shattuck Hospital in Franklin Park to house and care for up to 30 people who now live - or try to live - in tents along Methadone Mile, state Health and Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders said today. Read more.

By adamg - 10/28/21 - 2:10 pm

Acting Mayor Kim Janey today announced a $5-million fund to help residents who are in danger of being foreclosed out of their homes, using money from federal coronavirus-related payments to the city. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/21 - 10:04 am
Proposed additions

What the Monzon house (center) would look like under plan approved by zoning board. From 5/4 hearing.

Four people living at 171 Maple St. in West Roxbury have sued the Zoning Board of Appeal over its approval of plans by their neighbors at 175 Maple St. to expand their house upward by adding a second floor and an attic. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/21 - 7:19 pm

Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced today that while the Supreme Court might think evictions are now hunky dory in the face of coronavirus, Boston doesn't - the city Public Health Commission today issued a new public-health order that creates a citywide moratorium on evictions, effective immediately: Property owners will be barred from bringing foreclosure actions against tenants. Read more.

By adamg - 8/10/21 - 8:50 am

The spite house of Hull Street in the North End can be yours for $1.2 million.

H/t Cara.

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