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By adamg - 8/16/20 - 11:27 am
Some doors of the South End

The South End has some nice doors. And there's an Instagram page that's collecting photos of them all.

By adamg - 7/21/20 - 12:09 pm

Gov. Baker announced today that he's extended the state's ban on evicting tenants and foreclosing on homeowners through Oct. 17, based on an April law letting him due that because of Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/20 - 10:06 am

The Boston Housing Authority announced this morning it's suspending "non-essential" evictions though the end of the year due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 2:25 pm

The City Council agreed today to look at setting up a sort of "secret shopper" that would pair white and minority testers to see what happens when they apply for the same apartment. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/20 - 9:14 am

Groveland, across the Merrimack from Haverhill, is one of those places you never hear about unless something awful happens there. Welcome to Groveland, where a white vigilante decided to chase after a black woman driving through the town - where she lives. Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/20 - 12:59 pm

Applications open Friday for Boston's rental relief fund aimed at helping residents who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 pay their rent. Read more.

By adamg - 5/30/20 - 2:32 pm

Two landlords, one the retired owner of a small building in Allston, have filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Judicial Court seeking to overturn a law passed and signed last month that bars the eviction of most tenants during the current state of emergency. Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/20 - 9:28 am
Poodle house on Dwight Street in the South End

Greg Cook educates us on the history of the poodles, owls and other sculptures permanently affixed to the exterior of 9 Dwight St. How did this whimsy ever get approved in a neighborhood with a historic commission? Well, it went up in the 1960s and 1970s, when the architectural standards in the South End were not what they are today.

By adamg - 4/13/20 - 4:55 pm

Josh Bittker had been trying to figure out what to do with an old swingset in his backyard. He reports he no longer has to figure that out: Read more.

By adamg - 4/9/20 - 3:04 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that the 1,000-bed field hospital set up in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center has been named the Boston Hope Medical Center and could open to patients tomorrow. Read more.

By adamg - 4/2/20 - 2:44 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that work has started at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to create an area that can house up to 1,000 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 but who do not need more intensive hospital care. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 11:39 am

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and the city Board of Health today ordered a moratorium on both residential and commercial evictions during the Covid-19 state of emergency - and barred real-estate brokers from showing apartments that are still occupied. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 9:46 am

At yesterday's Zoomed-in City Council meeting, Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester), delayed action on a resolution calling on the city and state to freeze rents, mortgages, evictions and foreclosures during the Covid-19 state of emergency. Read more.

By adamg - 3/19/20 - 7:44 pm

The Quincy Department of Public Works implores you to throw them in the trash, not in the toilet, because even the "flushable" ones really aren't and the last thing you'd want at a time like this is the embarrassment of having to explain to a plumber why your pipes are clogged - or being the wipe that broke the camel's back and completely jammed up a nearby sewer main.

By adamg - 3/14/20 - 9:43 pm

Mayor Walsh announced tonight that several landlords have agreed to not evict tenants for at least 90 days or as long as the commonwealth is under a state of emergency due to Covid-19, and that a group representing Boston-area landlords is asking its other members to honor that commitment as well. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 4:49 pm
Remains of a house embedded in a tractor

Remains of a house embedded in the truck.

Live Boston reports that the driver of a tractor trailer slammed into several houses on Hampden Street near Dubois Street in Roxbury around 1 p.m. on Thursday. Boston EMS transported the injured driver to a local hospital, but no residents were hurt in the crash, in which the driver first crashed into a UPS truck before hitting the houses, Live Boston reports.

By adamg - 3/10/20 - 11:51 am

The Boston Department of Neighborhood Development said today it's postponing a home-buying expo scheduled for this Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury due to Covid-19 concerns.

By adamg - 1/15/20 - 4:00 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday denied a request from the owner of a house on Harvest Street to add dormers to her attic so she could build a master bedroom there and move in - after neighbors, the local civic association and several elected officials opposed her proposal. Read more.

By adamg - 1/6/20 - 9:13 am

The Globe reports: "Building permits for new housing in Boston fell by nearly one-quarter in 2019, city data show."

By adamg - 11/13/19 - 10:57 pm

Bloomberg reports Boston-area rents dropped 0.2% from September to October, which, when coupled with an even smaller decrease in New York rents, was apparently enough to cause an unexpected bit of a slowdown in national inflation numbers.

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