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Boston City Councilors Propose Taxes To Alleviate Housing Crisis12:02

Housing construction in Boston's Seaport (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Housing construction in Boston's Seaport (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It's no secret that housing is expensive in Boston — such that some residents are being driven out of their neighborhoods.

That's why Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards — along with Councilor Kim Janey — has proposed a plan to generate funding for more affordable housing in the city and curb high end developers' appetite for feeding off Boston's building boom.

The proposal would levy a tax of up to 6 percent on commercial and residential real estate deals over $2 million, and a 25 percent "flipping" tax on properties that are bought and resold twice within two years.


Lydia Edwards, Boston city councilor for District 1. She tweets @LydiaMEdwards.

This segment aired on January 15, 2019.


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