Mayor Thomas M. Menino remains overwhelmingly popular in Boston After nearly two decades in office, with almost three out of four residents saying they believe the city remains on the right track, according to findings from a Boston Globe poll. But residents appear concerned about Menino’s health and seem divided about whether he should run for a sixth term this fall.
A few months ago, Jon Moorman began searching for a two-bedroom condominium in Cambridge and Somerville, keen on dumping his pricey Allston rental apartment to become a first-time homebuyer. Moorman wasn’t prepared for the competition — a flood of people like him vying for a limited number of homes in the $300,000 to $500,000 price range. The software engineer lost out on two properties before expanding his search to Jamaica Plain, where he secured the right to buy a condominium by bidding 12 percent above the asking price. Similar scenarios are playing out in many popular Boston-area neighborhoods this spring as historically low mortgage rates, a shortage of sellers, and rising consumer confidence are resulting in more prospective buyers than there are homes for sale.
Boston College officials are threatening to take disciplinary measures against a group of students who are distributing condoms out of their dorm rooms, calling the act a violation of the university’s mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution.