Scott Van Voorhis says all signs point to the imminent yuppification of Dorchester, even though, as he notes a couple of times, it's really a series of "mini neighborhoods," including, at least according to him, Andrew Square. Whatever, young professionals are now getting priced out of Southie, and, God, don't even think about Jamaica Plain, so watch out, Dorchester (next thing you know, somebody's going to propose a fancy wine and cheese shop for Dot Ave. Oh, wait ...).
Home 'n' hearth
BRA officials make a rare visit to Hyde Park tomorrow for a meeting on a proposed 27-unit residential building at the Fairmount train station off Fairmount Avenue.
At the session, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1179 River St., the Southwest Boston Community Development Corp. and the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. will explain their proposal for the Residences at Fairmount Station.
Mark Pijanowski watched the tree get lit at Faneuil Hall Marketplace last night.
Somebody posted an ad on Craigslist and, yes, that is what the mobile home actually looks like:
Hi, I have a tiny home that I would like to either put in a vacant lot or a backyard. It is tiny. 20 feet long and 8 feet wide. I will be moving it in Fall and looking for a place to bring it to!
If JP doesn't work out (you know how pesky our zoning codes can be), there's always Boston's only mobile-home park - the Boston Trailer Park on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury.
H/t Freddie Francis.
Mayor Menino today released his proposal for getting 30,000 new housing units built in Boston over the next seven years at a combined public and private cost of $16 billion.
Although the bulk of the units would come through easing construction of market-rate apartments, the mayor is also proposing a 2014 referendum on enacting the state's Community Preservation Act, which would let the city add a 1% surcharge on local real-estate taxes to be dedicated to an affordable-housing fund.
Menino is also proposing a $1.5-billion revolving fund to help middle-class residents stay in this increasingly expensive city.
The city's come up with a couple of posters for all the kids returning in time for Allston Christmas, including this cheery greeting from St. Bedbug:
The Herald reports the owner of a Fort Point condo is facing fines because his condo association objects to the American flag in his window:
Trustee Sean McGrail said the board was merely responding to a residentâ€™s complaint about the flag, which breaks condo rules banning colored curtains.
State Sen. Michael Barrett (D-Lexington) says it's nuts that some condo associations won't let their residents dry their clothes the old fashioned - and environmentally friendly - way and is pushing legislation that would let communities adopt "the right to dry."
His bill, S.924 would let cities and towns adopt a measure that:
A UHub reader who likes keeping up with the local apartment market noticed that a 1-bedroom, 775-square-foot apartment in a building off Rindge Avenue, a ten-minute walk from the Porter Square T stop, is going for $3,500 a month. Now, granted, it has stainless-steel appliances, stone countertops and its own washer/dryer unit. And it's all LEED certified and everything. And this is greater Boston. But still, he's amazed - and wonders if, with prices like that, they throw in utilities.
Curbed reports the IRS sold two foreclosed parking spaces in back of 298 Comm. Ave. for $560,000.
WBZ reports on findings by state regulators that the contractor failed to even check with DigSafe before its workers hit a gas main during road work, which caused an explosion that leveled Michael Burns and Bob Houser's home in 2010. The company fought the state all the way and the couple is now planning to cut their losses and sell the still house-less land.
A pissed-off citizen reports from Stratford Street in West Roxbury:
Dirty Tap and Toilet water due to Water and Sewer work in WR. Someone could have warned us?
Complete with a photo of a toilet with the lid up so you can fully appreciate what discolored toilet water looks like.
A concerned citizen reports from Kilsyth Road in Brighton:
The Boston Business Journal reports the number of homes selling for more than their asking price is on the increase.
The Globe reports it's starting to happen, due to the tight rental market in Boston. Also, undergrads looking for fall apartments? So, so screwed.
WBZ reports there's no money left in the till to help people who can't afford their home-heating bills in a winter with oil prices now above $4 a gallon.
Well, not them, of course, but all those other developers. The Boston Business Journal explores the angst among developers about the 6,000 or so luxury apartments that could be built in Boston over the next couple of years.
Jennifer Forman Orth, our go-to expert for invasive species, reports that with falling temperatures, more residents can expect their homes to be invaded by these brown bugs that, when startled, smell up the joint.
In most cases, she writes, they're actually western conifer seed bugs, which showed up here in the 1990s and which, fortunately, are not messing with local ecosystems:
You can often find them resting on the sides of houses, on doors and on window screens, where they are hoping to find a way to sneak in.