Home 'n' hearth
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) wants to take a look at the role large landlords are playing in forcing longtime residents out of the city.
On Wednesday, Jackson will ask fellow councilors for a hearing to consider "displacement, community stability and neighborhood preservation."
In his hearing request, Jackson writes:
The foreclosure crisis and the surge of residential housing conversion by corporate landlords backed by investors are causing displacement and community instability.
The City Council on Wednesday considers a request to begin looking at possible regulations over online services that let people rent apartments, such as Airbnb - and even Craigslist.
Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) says Boston needs to look at the burgeoning services before Boston's residential neighborhoods are harmed. In his request for a hearing, LaMattina writes:
Mayor Walsh announced today that the Zoning Board of Appeals will start holding bi-weekly sessions to hear zoning requests from homeowners and small businesses.
And unlike regular zoning-board hearings, which are held during working hours, the new hearings - to be conducted by a board subcommittee, will be held in the evenings.
The goal is to help decrease a ZBA backlog that had gotten up to six months between requests for hearings and the hearings.
City officials this evening formally dedicated the rebuilt Alvah Kittredge House, saved through the work of Historic Boston, which took ownership of the long-vacant early 19th-century structure on Linwood Street in 2011 and rebuilt it as five two-bedroom apartments.
The hill heading up Comm. Ave. from Warren Street could be transformed in coming years under plans by developers to add a new apartment building aimed at veterans and to turn an office building into a home for young single professionals.
Officials from the Brighton Marine Health Center showed off plans for a 101-unit project at the start of the hill, at Warren Street at a meeting of the Brighton Allston Improvement Associations last night.
The proposed project would house 81 "affordable" apartments and 20 rented at market rates, all with veterans given a preference.
Max Grinnell noticed this unusual door knocker while ambling about Beacon Hill the other day.
The Boston Business Journal reports AvalonBay is just pleased as punch that it's charging less for an apartment at its new Assembly Row building than for a comparable unit in the Back Bay. Life is good.
A West Roxbury District Court judge today admonished two neighbors to grow up and stop battling over their property line.
She reserved particular ire for a 72-year-old woman whose neighbor captured her video on his property scaring his kids and then smashing a glass deck table by throwing a rock at it. The woman, who had requested a restraining order against her neighbor and who walked into court with a cane, had denied ever going on his property, let alone destroying his furniture, but then the man produced his video camera and the judge watched a video showing the incident.
The Dig reports organizers of a recent foreclosed-house takeover in Dorchester are talking to the Federal Housing Finance Agency about a pilot program that would aim to help people rather than force them into homelessness.
The Globe takes a look at Roslindale, basically says that with new luxury units in the planning stages in Forest Hills, savvy investors need to move into Roslindale, where they can continue their drive to push the middle class out of Boston by snapping up relatively low priced properties in what is still a neighborhood "in transition" with "pockets of grittiness."
The Boston Business Journal reports rents in Boston's tonier sections are falling as new luxo-apartments come onto the market.
WGBH examines the skyscrapers that are driving up rental prices in Chinatown and driving out longtime residents.
The Boston DPW will pick up yard waste on recycling days during the weeks of June 16, July 14, August 11 and September 15 - and will run fall yard pickup for seven weeks.
Summer clipping pickups will have the same basic rules as the spring and fall pickups: Stuff has to be in paper bags or trash barrels labeled "yard waste" - stuff in plastic bags won't be picked up.
Spring pickup starts next week.
The Globe notes the re-emergence of escalation clauses, in which people desperate for a given property agree to pay whatever the highest bid is plus a bonus.
MyCityGardens is a group that aims to connect people with a zeal for gardening but no yards with people with yards who'd love to see them cultivated but just can't do it themselves.
Their Web site features a map showing where people are looking for plots to garden and where people have plots that can be gardened.
It is true that so far, there are more gardeners than landholders in our system. BUT there is more gardening space out there than is visible on our map. We've observed the people with land who sign up to yard share tend to stay 'hidden' in our database (i.e. don't have a public profile), but reach out to gardeners with public profiles. So gardeners, create a post, even if you don't see available land nearby.
William Holbrook asks:
Can anyone recommend a good locksmith? Ideally near Dorchester.
With Tufts leaving the negotiation table on the Powder House School, the opportunity for the parcel to be developed is down to two candidates, one of which has a very direct connection to Ward 5. As I reported previously, one of the top contenders was Davis Square Partners who submitted a proposal that could bring between significant numbers in annual tax revenue for Somerville.