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Kristin Wetherbee
Tuesday’s article from Boston Magazine’s website got me thinking more about development in Boston. My first thought was “wow, is the development process really that broken? Is this an accurate depiction on how the BRA works?” Nothing changes over night but has seemed to me that the new administration is making sincere efforts to reform...
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I have been on a shameless Scandal watching binge over the past few weeks, but am happy to report that my time has not all gone to waste. Olivia Pope and her work as a media consultant and crisis manager in Washington, D.C. provides some valuable insight and lessons for a public relations professional. My...
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On last week’s NAIOP Walking Tour, I had the opportunity to see, up close, many of the recent and upcoming changes to Boston’s downtown area. Development is booming across the city but as I work downtown, it was exciting to see what’s in store. Four new residential buildings (One Greenway, The Kensington, The Radian and...
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(Photo via Multifamily Executive Magazine) In the world of multifamily, particularly luxury rentals and condos, it is all about the amenities. Each new development that we read about has the latest and greatest pool, fitness center, concierge or some other service that we haven’t even heard of yet. As my colleague Anna wrote recently, amenities...
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Last week I attended an Urban Land Institute event on the “Future of Housing Production in the Commonwealth” with a panel that featured developers and city officials. Two articles in the Boston Globe this week have echoed that discussion. Boston is certainly seeing a boom in apartment construction, but are they the right types? We’ve...
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The media is filled with news of the latest real estate developments, be it condos or office buildings. Another aspect of development that has been popping up in my monitoring lately are efforts, nationwide, to preserve historic buildings. While these projects are often in the news, they don’t as frequently make the cover story like...
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This past week I attended ULI’s 2014 Trends in Real Estate Forum. While many of the ideas discussed I had already heard from clients and in the media, what really stood out to me was the driving factors behind the trends. For example, companies require less square footage because they have learned to use their...
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Photo via The Boston Globe: A street-level view of a proposed 52-story residential tower at Copley Place. The BRA has been on a roll. In the past few months, billions of dollars in new development have been approved. As a Boston resident, here are a few that I look forward to seeing make progress.  ...
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You may have noticed the cranes hovering over Boston’s skyline recently, or read one of the many articles about the thousands of housing units planned for development in the coming years. What’s interesting to note is not just the external characteristics like a building’s design, square footage or location, but the luxurious amenities and urban...
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