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Old 07-12-2017, 09:42 AM   #21
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Re: Longwood II Residences | 95 St. Alphonsus St. | Mission Hill

^ Right, it's the old real estate adage:

Size, Price, and Location: choose any two
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:35 AM   #22
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Re: Longwood II Residences | 95 St. Alphonsus St. | Mission Hill

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OK, but basic market forces are never going to allow you to win that battle -- larger, affordable housing units in close proximity to major employment centers simply cannot happen. The real estate is too valuable.
Two ideas for fixing this:

One is for the government to put the finger on the scales. Require and subsidize more affordable/family-sized housing. The market is always going to serve first the people who need it least, which means the market is inadequate to the problem.

The other is to require large private colleges in the area to house all of their undergraduates year round (i.e. don't close the dorms for the holiday or summers, so wealthy and international students don't go apartment-hunting), and ditto for a large percent of their graduate students.
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:44 AM   #23
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Re: Longwood II Residences | 95 St. Alphonsus St. | Mission Hill

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OK, but basic market forces are never going to allow you to win that battle -- larger, affordable housing units in close proximity to major employment centers simply cannot happen. The real estate is too valuable.
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^ Right, it's the old real estate adage:

Size, Price, and Location: choose any two
Ding Ding Ding

There are loads of large homes in and near downtown Boston, they just don't come cheap - Back Bay, South End, Beacon Hill...
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Old 07-12-2017, 12:29 PM   #24
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Re: Longwood II Residences | 95 St. Alphonsus St. | Mission Hill

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OK, but basic market forces are never going to allow you to win that battle -- larger, affordable housing units in close proximity to major employment centers simply cannot happen. The real estate is too valuable.
No disagreement. I'm fine with my house in Roslindale -- it suits my space needs, desired housing cost, provides a decent array of walkable amenities, and is still pretty damn close to downtown by commuter rail. But I think the people making the argument that there is not enough family housing are really saying they want family housing in cost prohibitive locations.
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