Rents and housing prices will never compete with those in New York City or even San Francisco, but sadly Boston does have a well deserved reputation for being a very expensive place to live.
An article that appeared in The Boston Globe on Tuesday about the unusually tight rental market in Boston points to a large influx of empty-nesters who are buying and renting properties as fast as they become available.
The Boston Globe story found that rent for a two-bedroom apartment ranges between an average of $1,237 per month in Dorchester to $2,857 per month in Back Bay. Let’s hope that more properties will be built and quickly so the market doesn’t add any more stress on young professional, couples and families who want to remain in Boston but are priced out of the market.
The NCAA Basketball tournament comes to Boston starting this week with some very high profile college basketball tournament match ups.
Couldn’t care less?
Me too, but one contest that I can sink my teeth into (so to speak) is Munch Madness. This is an event where foodies from all over Boston vote for their favorite chefs and restaurants. Not familiar with Munch Madness?
The Boston Globe creates a bracket of 64 restaurants (see photo above) and you get to pick your favorite restaurant as they go head-to-head with competing restaurants until a champion is picked. The first round starts today and runs through Thursday. On Friday check back to see if your picks survived so you can vote for them in the second round. The finals takes place at the end of this month and the winner will be announced on April 4th.
Each year The Boston Globe encourages readers to write a limerick in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Have you submitted a limerick yet? Get in touch with your inner naughty-poet and submit your own limerick to The Boston Globe here.
Here is a humorous submission from 2011, which was penned by Kari Pedersen from Medford, MA.
There once was a mayor from Boston
Who’d talk like his mouth’s full of cotton
He’d mumble and he’d fumble
And on occasion, take a tumble
But his laughable gaffes not forgotten
The Boston Globe is reporting that the $600 million laboratory and office complex for Novartis designed by noted architect, Maya Lin, in Cambridge’s Central Square has been approved and is expected to be completed in 2015. Architect buffs will recall Lin’s work was first recognized in the US after designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982.
This news comes on the heels of two other unrelated articles in The Boston Globe that addressed new projects underway across the river. First was the announcement in late October that a $500 million development to build a 1.7 million square foot science and technology campus for Biogen was proposed. That news was followed by M.I.T.’s announcement last week that it was preparing to spend $700 million to redevelop eight of its properties in Kendall Square in Cambridge.
For those not familiar with the area, Cambridge neighbors Boston and can be seen from across the Charles River. Central and Kendall Square are two prominent neighborhoods in Cambridge separated by just a few blocks.
The Boston Globe has an article in today’s business section about a significant mixed use development in Somerville to rejuvenate Assembly Row. Plans for this ‘mixed use neighborhood’ include condos, a hotel, a new IKEA, a new orange line metro station and more than 30 retail outlet stores. Typically outlet stores are not found so close to a downtown location, and this would be the closest concentration of outlets in Boston just a few miles from the heart of Boston.
According to the Globe article, Federal Realty has begun building roads and other infrastructure at the 45-acre site. They plan to begin construction on the first buildings early next year: a pair of apartment blocks with 450 units and street-level stores, being developed by AvalonBay Communities Inc.
You can read the full article on the Boston Globe here.
The Boston Globe has compiled a 2-minute video of Occupy Boston that I’ve included. Occupy Boston started as a sympathy or copy cat movement inspired by the protests in NYC called Occupy Wall Street.
The movement has garnered much attention locally and has been trending on Twitter for the past several days. Like all forms of civil disobedience now, the group relies upon and heavily uses social media including Twitter and facebook as well as maintaining a website, occupyboston.com. Local politicians like Boston’s Mayor have expressed sympathy for the protesters, acknowledging their frustrations while asking them to be respectful of the public space they are occupying.
Is Occupy Wall Street and the nearly dozen other copy cat protests in most major cities of the US the Left’s response to the Tea Party which energized the political Right? Time will tell but I’m glad that this movement is taking hold because its forcing a dialog that should continue.
Massachusetts is a more progressive part of the US and a relatively safe haven for the LGBT community so I was surprised to read The Boston Globe article on Monday, LGBT patients search for healing; an excellent article which features the Fenway Health Clinic.
Researchers say that LGBT people are more likely to experience a variety of health problems…The reason is largely that they don’t seek health care for fear of being stigmatized in the doctor’s office.
The article is illuminating because living here it is easy to assume such problems don’t exist. It also made me wonder if a place like MA which is welcoming to the LGBT community can still be frightening then what are the implications for those living in more isolated and intolerant places?
Despite the seriousness of the subject, I suppose I’m quite proud that The Boston Globe committed resources to report this story and it made me wish more mainstream media would follow suit.
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