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March

1

2006

Annual Report - 2005

Includes essays about Allston-Brighton CDC's work in Boston, revitalizing downtown Lynn, a 40B in Andover, targeted assistance helping Hingham get housing off the ground, SoftSecond working as part of a larger employer-assisted partnership effort in Worcester, and small-scale development with help from CHI in Westford and Amherst.

January

5

2006

Regulation and the Rise of Housing Prices in Greater Boston

Using a detailed dataset of zoning and land use regulations in the region, this analysis found that the zoning practices common to many communities in the region (particularly large lot zoning, restrictions on development near wetlands, septic rules, and subdivision requirements above the state minimums) were significantly restricting the development of new homes and contributing to the rapid increase in housing prices in the Boston area.