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A battle for affordable housing in Massachusetts
The Globe editorial board's 2020 series on the need for inclusive housing reform in Newton and across the Commonwealth.
Part 1: Letting towns solve the Mass. housing shortage
Legislature should resist the temptation to turn a simple zoning reform bill into a Christmas tree loaded with good intentions.
Part 2: Newton wakes up to the dark side of America’s housing laws
The reigning rules of suburbia have led to a country segregated by income, with the best zip codes and schools closed off to poor families. What happens when a rich city tries to reverse course?
The site of the proposed Northland development project in Newton, which would be the largest infusion of affordable housing in the city’s history.
(David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
Part 3: With a ‘yes’ vote on March 3, Newton can pave the way to fairer future
The proposed 800-unit housing development in Newton Upper Falls would include the largest single infusion of subsidized affordable housing in the city's history. With the Northland project, Newton can build momentum for a transformative housing movement.
Part 4: As Trump stokes suburban fears, Mass. lawmakers chart a better path
Beacon Hill is poised to strike against the racist legacy of zoning laws that have long segregated communities in the Commonwealth.
Part 5: Tear down this paper wall, Newton
Rules that prohibit multifamily housing have divided America, keeping poor people out of prosperous suburbs and fueling racial segregation in public schools. Cities like Newton chose to erect those barriers generations ago — and now they should choose to take them down.
Finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing
Click here to learn more about this series and its authors, who were named 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalists.