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Increasing Multifamily Housing Near Transit in Massachusetts

Despite economic growth from 2009 to 2020, housing supply in Greater Boston fell short of demand, and at the same time, housing prices increased 53 percent. In a recent report, “Zoned Out: Why Massachusetts Needs to Legalize Apartments Near Transit,” researchers from Boston Indicators and the Brookings Institution identified the problems that result from overly restrictive zoning in Boston’s suburbs and proposed the adoption of a statewide policy to allow the production of moderate-density housing such as townhomes and small multifamily buildings located within a half mile of all transit stations in Massachusetts.

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