What Kind Of Housing Does Boston Need?

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Back Bay is famous for its Victorian brownstones from the 19th century. (Lucy Orloski/Flickr)
Back Bay is famous for its Victorian brownstones from the 19th century. (Lucy Orloski/Flickr)

Boston prides itself on the historic homes of the Back Bay or Mission Hill. But those classic Victorian brownstones of the 19th century, aren't necessarily what the 21st century needs.

Our new developments must move past the time when three-person families and children were the main tenants, says Mike Ross, former Boston City Council president and contributing writer to The Boston Globe.

With the city's influx of college students and young adults, he says our nostalgia is keeping us from creating the housing our city actually needs.


Mike Ross, counsel at Prince Lobel Tye LLP, contributing writer at The Boston Globe and former city council president. He tweets @MikeForBoston.


The Boston Globe: Our Houses Don’t Fit Us Anymore

  • "Yet, for decades, we’ve continued to construct housing as if we were still living in the 1960s. Indeed, all of society has moved on from the conventional family — except our housing. The result is a built environment that no longer fits the people who live here, as well as a changing definition of what it means to be a roommate."

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  • "Boston is in the grip of an unprecedented demographic sea change. Though its current population of 655,000 is well below its peak population of 801,000 during the 1950s, the lifestyles and needs of its residents have changed. Boston’s new residents are, by and large, snake people living in a now-outmoded housing stock."

This segment aired on December 7, 2015.


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