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Tag Archives: Boston

Sign Envy in Boston

Posted in Zoning
The recent saving of the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square is being universally hailed as the saving of a true Boston landmark.  Had it been taken down, thousands of people would be aimlessly wandering the city trying to find Fenway Park on game days.  The publicity surrounding the saving of the Citgo sign has… Continue Reading

Affordable, Or Just Tiny?

Posted in Affordable Housing, Boston Development
Efforts to promote affordable housing in Boston are starting to sound like potato chip marketing, boasting “40% less fat” for a bag of chips that’s actually 40% smaller.  The Boston Redevelopment Authority is now authorizing apartment units as small as 450 square feet within one mile of public transit stops.  The problem, according to Boston’s chief planner, is… Continue Reading

Boston’s E+ Building Program Gets Off the Ground

Posted in Environmental
As reported here, the City of Boston, after conducting a design contest dubbed the E+ Green Building Program, selected three firms to design and build ten “energy-positive homes” on city land, which will be available to buyers for less than $400,000 (an energy-positive home produces surplus energy that’s returned to the power grid).  Recently, one of the winning… Continue Reading

Boston’s Ultra-Green Residential Design Exhibition Continues

Posted in Environmental, Miscellaneous, Zoning
The results of Boston’s E+ Green Building Demonstration Program will be on display through September 25 at the Boston Architectural College.  The E+ program’s goal is to promote the next generation of ultra-efficient green buildings.  The exhibition features proposals generated by 11 teams of architects, builders, and developers detailing the design and construction of high-performance, green urban homes, and… Continue Reading

Sunnier Days Ahead: Boston Streamlines Permitting For Solar Projects

Posted in Environmental, Renewable Energy
On December 15th, the Boston City Council approved a measure introduced by Mayor Thomas Menino that provides incentives to building owners to incorporate rooftop solar technologies.  The measure is the culmination of the three-year Boston Solar Initiative that produced a five-fold increase in the city’s solar capacity.  The primary incentives are a streamlined permitting process coupled with a reduced… Continue Reading