In a new plan, Mayor Martin J. Walsh calls for 69,000 in new housing units by 2030 which is an increase from the previous goal of 53,000. According to an in-depth article by Tim Logan in the Boston Globe, thanks to Boston’s growing population and rising rents, Boston will roll out a new plan for housing raising the amount of units by 30% with a focus on affordable housing. Of the 69,000 units of housing, a goal of 16,000 units will have rents that are affordable to lower- and middle-income residents.

So where is all this new housing going to go? Looks like they’ll be focusing on Hyde Park and East Boston. Of course, those neighborhoods are bracing themselves for the worst sighting traffic and overcrowding transit as reasons for concern. Using Brighton and Southie as examples.

Concerns have also been voiced over projects in Egleston Square and Glover’s Corner. The fear being there is not enough affordable housing and it could force out longtime residents.

But Mayor Walsh’s ultimate goal is to make the city of Boston a city that is available to all not just the wealthy.

Experts also agree that Boston can’t help the housing crisis on its own. That there needs to be a push for development in suburbs. According to the Globe, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council has projected Eastern Massachusetts will need 435,000 new units of housing by 2040 to meet the demand.

So there you have it! Looks like development isn’t even close to stopping. What do you think?


  1. Oldtimesouthie September 26, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Quick question; Where’s the “affordable ” housing down the WATERFRONT ?..Has anyone looked at the price of condos ( liberty warf ect) or rents down there. Behind the pavillion ( across from the design center) their is a HUGE swat of land which could be used for “affordable ” housing..But I don’t think so. Why? The rich ( who rent or own down that area ) DON’T want to be ANYWHERE near up ” peasants”..simply put, keep all the working folks in SOUTHIE, ( 3 public housing projects) away from me! Time for the politicians to step up and look at the WATERFRONT as a viable area for the working class not just the Rich.

    • Not so New to The Hood September 26, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

      The real question is why we’re still agglomerating low income folks into one swath of land. They get zero social diversity or exposure to quality living resulting in an endless cycle of poverty.

      95% of violent crime that occurs in Southie, happens on BHA property.

      There was supposed to be something like 1 “affordable” unit for every 10 or so market rate units within new developments. And we wonder why social mobility is at an all time low in our country….

  2. Eleanor September 26, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I call bullshit.

    This was the same bill of goods (affordable housing etc. for the middle class) that was used when this whole process began. If that’s truly the goal why isn’t it 50 or 75% or 100%? This is about packing more people into an already overcrowded place to increase the tax rolls. The loser in the end is the person who lives here already and the diminished quality of life that comes with a grossly overcrowded neighborhood.

  3. Oldtimesouthie September 26, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Thank made my point…now let’s make some. Not all, housing at the waterfront
    AFFORTABLE,..aint gonna and I both know it..!!

  4. Oldtimesouthie September 26, 2018 at 10:48 am - Reply

    95% of newly built housing in SOUTHIE is NOT family friendly…how can a working class family afford to live here..these politicians talk a good game..but when the rubber meets the road NADA


    • Not so New to The Hood September 26, 2018 at 11:39 am - Reply

      What working class family would want to live in Southie considering the current state of BPS? They can’t even get the kids to school on time, not to mention the quality of education once they finally do arrive.

  5. Oldtimesouthie September 26, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Go to today’s herald, headline : AFFORDABLE HOUSING STAFF ” LIVING LARGE”..bunch of phonies living LARGE at public expense..check it out!

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