With the statewide eviction moratorium no longer in place, Gateway City residents face a new threat from the pandemic. In Lawrence, leaders are working together to mount an effective response. Jess Andors and Juan Bonilla from the local CDC, Lawrence Community Works (LCW), take a break from the all-consuming effort to share first-hand perspective. Jess,
How Lynn is revamping its housing strategy
Gateways Episode 69
For decades, planning for the city of Lynn was handled by a patchwork of community organizations, making it difficult to work toward a cohesive vision on housing.
Building generational wealth in the Gateway Cities
Gateways Episode 68
Home ownership is one of the two main paths toward building wealth— the other is business ownership. It’s crucial that Gateway City residents have access to opportunities to own homes and become entrepreneurs if they choose.
New economic development legislation is a boon for Gateway Cities
Why MassINC supports the Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth (H.4529)
Without intervention and a new funding stream, the coronavirus crisis will further destabilize vulnerable Gateway City neighborhoods.
Making rent and paying the mortgage
How can we avoid another housing crisis?
The first of the summer series, How do We Avoid Another Foreclosure Crisis?, took stock of how Massachusetts residents are covering their rent with data from a statewide survey of renters and homeowners.
Baker’s Economic Development Bill Builds on Gateway City Strengths
The economic development package positions Massachusetts and its Gateway Cities for strong, equitable, and sustainable growth.
The Governor’s bill contains several provisions with the potential to play a particularly powerful role increasing the vitality of Gateway Cities across the state by building on their strengths.
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EOHED MetroWest Engagement Session
On the morning of June 25th, Framingham State University hosted the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s (EOHED) final Engagement Session. This nine-stop, 1,200-participant tour is an early step in developing the Office’s four-year state economic development plan which will be presented to the Baker Administration at the end of the year. Meetings
Wielding the Double-Edged Zoning Sword
The Gateway Cities Journal
The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance released a new study linking the state’s housing crisis to zoning at a well-attended State House event last week. Amy Dain, lead author of the report, pointed to four ways zoning inhibits the housing market: height and density limits, ad hoc approval processes, mixed-use commercial requirements, and “edge city” land
Double-whammy for Gateway Cities
Municipalities are caught in vicious real estate cycle
CLARK UNIVERSITY IN WORCESTER this week unveiled a series of new data profiles suggesting Gateway Cities are being hit with a real estate double-whammy: housing prices that are relatively low and rents that are relatively high. That combination is trouble because it means developers have little incentive to build new housing units in Gateway Cities