Let's revisit a topic that strikes a chord with a lot of Bostonians: housing. Skyrocketing rents, neighborhoods being transformed and a little-known ripple-effect of the massive changes in Boston's housing market.
Our recent series on evictions in East Boston and the push for a just cause eviction ordinance — which would make it harder to remove tenants from apartments — took a deep dive into the issues at play, and what such a change in the law would mean for tenants, landlords and the city at large.
Olga Pasco, East Boston resident.
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- “Landlords say the proposal to regulate evictions for ‘just-cause’ creates ‘de-facto rent control,’ and that it would have disastrous effects including, ‘housing deterioration, no new housing construction, death of small property ownership, destroying neighborhoods.'”
- “There’s really only one long-term solution, which everyone from city officials, tenant advocates and housing economists agreed upon. San Francisco has to build its way out of its rental crisis.”
- "We turn the conversation to our listeners – Are we in the midst of an eviction crisis? What do you think of a “just cause” eviction proposal? What is the role of government as the region undergoes rapid transformation? How do we promote growth and prevent displacement simultaneously?"
- "Stories of exodus are increasingly common in East Boston, but it’s happening across the city. A recent study from Northeastern University suggests Boston’s housing market is in crisis: Young snake people and aging baby boomers are relocating from the suburbs, occupying housing that traditionally went to blue-collar Bostonians."
- Including median rents in East Boston and percentage of residents paying 30% or more of their income for rent.
- "To track rents, we use the Zillow Rent Index (ZRI). The ZRI is the midpoint of estimated rents in a given region. Half the estimated rental prices are above this number and half are below."
This segment aired on April 7, 2016.