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Menino’s successor should embrace his housing goals

Because no one, not even Tom Menino, thinks the incumbent mayor can wrestle down Boston’s inhospitably high housing costs in these final few months of his tenure, it’s easy to dismiss Menino’s recent blueprint for creating 30,000 units of new housing for Boston by 2020. Yet in the report, Menino’s administration, which in the past has been acutely sensitive to public fears about tall buildings and rapid development, is sending an important signal to Bostonians: To accommodate the people who want to live in the city without pushing up costs even further, Boston needs to build higher and denser — and ease up on some rules, including minimum unit-size standards, that push up costs.

This is a message that Menino’s successor needs to take to heart. Indeed, some mayoral hopefuls are already emphasizing the need to bring down the cost of housing construction and get more units built on a limited supply of land.

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