Better Boston Report: Week of 10/20

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More dorms, more parking and an award winning neighborhood in Boston! Last week produced some exciting news for Boston on a number of fronts: community, transportation and housing. The issue of parking in the Seaport has become a particularly pressing issue, both for its affect on people living and working in the area, as well […]

Better Boston Report: Week of 10/13

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Mayor Walsh releases his Boston Housing 2030 Plan. This week’s Better Boston Report will focus on housing. Mayor Marty Walsh (Boston) released his comprehensive housing plan for the City of Boston last Thursday, focused on protecting lower- and middle-income residents from being priced out of Boston by the rising housing prices. As this fate of this […]

Who’s Ending Homelessness in Boston?

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Three organizations lead the charge towards ending homelessness in Boston. At the end of 2013, there were over 7,000 homeless in Boston, including 2,056 homeless children. Fortunately, Boston sees low numbers of homeless adults living on the streets compared to most major cities — 180 in total. The rest are temporarily housed in motels, congregate and emergency shelters and transitional housing […]

Better Boston Report: Week of 9/29

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A new, weekly brief on who and what is making Boston a better city. The Better Boston Report will feature news and updates from the previous week on the issues of housing, transportation, community, policy, sustainability and education — six key elements of smart urban growth. In the day-to-day journey to improve the apartment search […]

Dear donor, thank you for the Mass Ave Bridge project.

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  To the anonymous donor funding the Mass Ave Bridge illumination project — Boston needs more examples like you. Dear anonymous donor, On behalf of the entire team at Jumpshell, thank you so much. Your incredibly generous donation highlights a philanthropic channel often overlooked by the world’s benefactors. In cities like Boston and Cambridge, we have the […]

Moving Day in Boston: accident-prone overpasses to note

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Here are the heights of accident-prone overpasses in Boston. Moving in Boston is not easy and it’s hard to keep track of everything — so I wanted to take some of the stressful guesswork out of driving a big truck through Boston. Ahh! This post should help anyone who’s renting their own moving truck to […]

How to move when your leases don’t overlap.

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You have to move out 8/31, but can’t move in until 9/1. What do you do?! When your leases don’t overlap, you’ll need to call upon your inner nomad — it won’t be ideal, but you can have some fun with it. This post was inspired by an eponymous post on reddit, “How to move when […]

Just moved? Here’s who to follow in Boston.

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New to town? Here’s who to follow in Boston! Follow these Twitter accounts to get caught up and plugged into the scene in Boston fast. At Jumpshell, I get a lot of questions from renters who’ve just moved to the area. A lot of them ask me “Where can I find out about X, Y, or Z?” […]

GLX Will Seriously Change Renting in Somerville

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  Renting in Somerville could soon be 25%-67% more expensive. Although GLX sounds like the latest performance enhancing drug, it’s actually an abbreviation from one of the most talked about transit additions to the Boston area (besides Uber and Bridj) — the Green Line Extension. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) recently prepared an analysis to illuminate the magnitude […]

How to Throw a Block Party in Boston

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Stop wondering how to throw a block party in Boston. Get all the info here and actually do it! Block parties are one of those activities that lots of people say “we should do that” but never actually do it. I love Boston and I love seeing Boston full of life and energy, so I’m hoping this […]