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Rent Control: What's The History And Is There A Future?29:56

Apartments along Worcester Street in the South End. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Apartments along Worcester Street in the South End. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Twenty-five years after the state voted to abolish rent control, it's back on the agenda on Beacon Hill. There's currently a bill before the House that would allow Massachusetts cities and towns to regulate rent prices.

In a two-part segment, we discuss the successful 1994 campaign to abolish rent control with the activists who succeeded in that effort, and then we hear from those who want to bring it back now.


Jon Maddox, Cambridge condo owner who wrote the 1994 ballot question

Denise Jillson, chair of the 1994 Massachusetts Homeowners Coalition

Mike Connolly, state representative and co-sponsor of An Act Enabling Local Options for Tenant Protections. He tweets @mikeconnollyma.

Lisa Owens, executive director of City Life/Vida Urbana, a Boston housing advocacy group, which tweets @CityLife_Clvu.

This segment aired on November 7, 2019.


Chris Citorik Twitter Producer, Radio Boston
Chris Citorik is a producer for Radio Boston.


Tiziana Dearing Twitter Host, Radio Boston
Tiziana Dearing is the host of Radio Boston.


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