For the second time in a little over a month, the Back Bay Architectural Commission has rejected a request by Steve and Judy Pagliuca to turn the basement of 352 Marlborough St. into a garage. Read more.
Home 'n' hearth
Mayor Walsh today announced a $7.5 million loan fund to help "investor owners" buy multi-family units - with the condition they maintain at least 40% of the units as "affordable" for 50 years. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a landlord who never gave a tenant a receipt for her $1,300 security deposit, let alone pay her interest on it, will have to try again if he wants to evict her from her Dorchester apartment. Read more.
Boston Displacement is a site that's started showing where tenants are being displaced by gentrification - specifically by landlords seeking to clear out units.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report they are looking at "several incidents" involving people who made payments for apartments advertised online that were not, in fact, available for lease.
After making payments for apartments advertised on sites such as Craigslist: Read more.
BuzzFeed looks at gentrification in Chinatown through through the lens of two sisters forced out of their apartment.
Meanwhile, a City Council committee holds a hearing at 4 p.m. today on a proposed "just-cause eviction" ordinance that would require landlords to state reasons for evictions - and mediation for large rent increases. The hearing will be in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.
WBUR reports on proposals by the city Housing Innovation Lab to get more housing built for families that earn between $50,000 and $125,000 a year. One idea is to give builders the right to build more total units if more of them are marketed as affordable:
The lab is working with the Boston Redevelopment Authority planning areas in Jamaica Plain/Roxbury and South Boston to carry this out.
The Globe posts a database of the more than 3,500 Boston addresses that are connected to BWSC water mains with lead pipes - which means occupants should probably let their water run for a bit first thing in the morning.
The Crimson reports; adds the author of the study isn't sure if that's a one-time blip or not.
A surveying contractor hired by the city should start sending crews into the Grove in a couple of weeks to try to mark out the exact borders between land owned by the Department of Neighborhood Development and residents.
The work in one of Boston's more unusual neighborhoods - where many of the roads remain unpaved and residents still use septic systems - is nothing sinister, Chris Rusk, Mayor Walsh's liaison to West Roxbury, told a meeting of the West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports monthly rents continued to increase even as vacancy rates have been inching up due to new construction. New York, San Francisco and San Jose still have higher average rents.
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A BETTER WORLD NEXT YEAR
SAFETY, PEACE, LIFE, LIBERTY,
THE THINGS I HOLD DEAR
LESS VIOLENCE, MORE CHEER
MORE FAITH, LESS FEAR
HOPE FOR THE MASSES
DREAMS COMING TRUE
HOPE FOR THOSE THAT FEEL HOPELESS
I KNOW SOME, DO YOU?
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A BETTER WORLD NEXT YEAR
LOVE, UNITY, COMPASSION AND JOY
MY WISHES, ARE THEY SELFISH, NOT FOR MATERIAL THINGS, OR WEALTH?
Iâ€™M THANKFUL NOW FOR SHELTER, FOOD, AND A PORTION OF GOOD HEALTH!
BEST WISHES FOR YOUR GOOD WANTSâ€¦.. AS WE ANTICIPATE THE NEW YEAR!
Christmasâ€¦â€¦Donâ€™t get caught up in the guilt of not having/spending enough $$$$$ for Presents and Gifts
If how much you spend, or buying what the persons â€śwantsâ€ť determines your Merry Christmas....... stop, think about this; Materialism has bankrupted some people,
Some are on the way there, and some are recovering from it.
If anyone is not pleased with you changing your gift giving habitsâ€¦.. Itâ€™s on them.
Reports are coming in from all over about the annual explosion in the winter-moth population.
As long as you're standing there, trying to figure out how to get in your house without bringing a ton of the bugs with you, why not count them and then fill out the annual survey by the Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project (since, yes, these things are not native, and only started showing up in the 1990s)?
Anyone able to identify this spider that built a web across my front window? Should I move?
Studio Luz Architects of South Boston, co-founded by Hansy Better Barraza of Roslindale, has won a 2015 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies for an unusual house on Meyer Street on the Roslindale/JP line: Read more.
A citizen who recently resumed smoking after 17 years complains that workers at a Cleveland Circle condo complex keep removing the hand-made ash trays he keeps putting out by a bench near Cassidy Playground so he can "have my coffee and cigarettes and watch the geese" and comply with the complex's rule against smoking inside.
H/t Hingle McDingleberry.
Boston Metro reports on what it says is Dorchester's first single-family home to sell for seven figures - in the over-the-bridge part of Savin Hill.
Jeff Kaufman reports on what is turning into a $50,000 decontamination project thanks to some clueless workers who removed an ancient Honeywell heating system and let the mercury that it used to help pressurize the water just spill all over the place, well before he bought the place.
On July 1st I discovered a puddle of liquid mercury in our house. It was the evening before the holiday weekend and I was preparing to do some more demolition for the bathroom I've been working on.