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The Boston Globe reports on the latest housing development style, micro-apartments. These small housing units can provide affordable living in expensive downtowns where young workers increasingly want to live:
Tervalon is the kind of young professional whom San Francisco, Boston, and other growing US cities are struggling to hold on to in an era of skyrocketing housing prices. As more people like her elect to live and work in urban downtowns, city officials are experimenting with construction of tiny dwelling units known as microapartments, in the process triggering a housing debate that is ricocheting around the country.
“Now is the time to do this,” [Richard] Taylor [Taylor, director of Suffolk University’s Center for Real Estate] said of microhousing development, adding that Boston has plenty of building sites, from Dudley Square in Roxbury to East Boston. “There are great opportunities for a publicprivate partnership that could build something substantial.”
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Cornish Associates has been retained by Highrock Westminster LLC, the building owner, as a development consultant to produce a feasibility study and to coordinate the redevelopment of 111 Westminster St also known as the Superman building.by
Our friends over at the Project for Public Spaces ask ‘What makes a good place?’ Their answer? They break ‘good places’ down into four key qualities: they are accessible; people are engaged in activities there; the space is comfortable and has a good image; and finally, it is a sociable place: one where people meet each other and take people when they come to visit. PPS developed The Place Diagram as a tool to help people in judging any place, good or bad. How do you think Downcity Providence measures up? What are we doing right? What needs improving?
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