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Housing For Students is a Hot Mess

No matter what neighborhood in Boston you reside in a betting man would say you are locked into at least a year long lease. The average student is going to remain in Boston for roughly nine months and leave one of those months for winter break, thus only living in their own apartment for two thirds of the lease. Every year you see units available on CraigsList, Facebook, blogs, and school boards from students who are not living in their apartments for the summer. This mass subletting every summer conducted by students, some 18 years old, is one highlighted by disorganization, stress and a low success rate.

Why does Boston not consider flexible housing options or other alternatives to the conventional one year lease? With mounting pressure on higher educational institutions to provide housing for their students rather than have them look for apartments, it seems interesting that these institutions have not considered alternatives other than build more dormitories. Better yet, why has a private investor/developer/entrepreneur not capitalized on this problem that effects all parties from students, to schools, to neighborhoods and their residents, to the city as a whole?

Privatized communal housing with security and the whole nine is one alternative. Similar to dormitories, however offered to students at an affordable rate. Rethinking the traditional lease is another option, where landlords specifically target students with leases that last from September to May of every year nullifying any subletting issues that may arise. The landlord would then be able to rent the remaining three months for an inflated rate. Boston can also look at international best practices and find what has worked best and what would fit our market and tweak it to best work for our particular housing environment.

What would you like to see happen surrounding the living situations provided for Boston students? What do you think would be most effective, cost-efficient, and enjoyable? Is the current system and model of housing for young people sufficient? In an ideal world what would you like to see, whether it be high-rises, mini communities of students, or all student housing pushed to greater Boston?

–David

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A Spring Friday and a Boston Housing Survey…can it get better than this?

Hello ONEin3 community.  Today is Friday and what is more fun on a Friday than surveys?

I know what you are thinking, “Kendall the intern, you are crazy because surveys aren’t even a little bit fun.” But you are WRONG my fabulous ONEin3ers…surveys are fun when they involve housing.

For example:

Are You…

Frustrated with your housing situation, living in your neighborhood, or your town/city

Loving your housing situation, neighborhood, and/or your town/city?

Looking to play an important role in shaping Boston’s future? (let’s be honest, who isn’t?)

If you answered “hell yes” or just a simple “yup” to any of these questions, we would love your input.

With your help, ONEin3 Mayor’s Advisory council will be able to communicate your needs, wants, and frustrations to the business, community, and political leaders that will be the ones shaping policy and developing real estate.

Pretty sweet…right?

So fabulous ONEin3ers…please take a moment to complete our survey:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGxWMEJReE84LVF5ejQxQlBTMmtLT3c6MA

Think this is totally awesome but don’t live in Boston? IT DOESN’T MATTER!!!!  Take it anyway…we’d love your input just as much as Boston residents.

Okay that is it ONEin3ers but before you go please pass this along to anyone and everyone so they can take this amazing survey.

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SAVE the Date
Great Neighborhoods Summit

Hello ONEin3ers what are you doing June 10, 2010 from 9:00 am to noon?

Whatever it is, it is probably half as cool as receiving a free breakfast (best meal of the day) kicking off the new Great Neighborhoods program.

What is the Great Neighborhoods program, you ask?  It is a program that will help residents create communities that are affordable, diverse, walkable, and have a high quality of life.

Another question…

We all want vibrant, healthy neighborhoods with a transportation system that gets us where we want to go, a choice of homes we can afford, services we need and recreation we want, and a place where our opinions are heard.  There are examples of these “great neighborhoods” in metropolitan Boston – but how can we create more of them?

Don’t know that answer? You probably should think about going to this fabulous event.

Not convinced yet?

At this spectacular event there will a panel of people who have helped communities create great neighborhoods across the country.  For the rest of the morning there will be a  discussion of ways that you (yes YOU!) can help create “great neighborhoods” and shape the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance’s innovative new Great Neighborhoods program.

LEARN how other cities and towns broadened opportunities for local residents.

LISTEN for lessons that metro Boston should adopt.

SHARE your ideas in discussions with our panelists and Smart Growth Alliance members.

Learn, listen and share?….pretty awesome!!!!!!!!

Complimentary breakfast (in case you didn’t believe me the first time that does mean FREE FOOD that you would typically eat in the morning hours) and sign-in starts at 8:30am
 Wentworth Institute of Technology – Watson Hall
550 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

To learn more and to register, visit:

http://ma-smartgrowth.org/campaigns/gn

For questions, contact Tracy Hudak at thudak[at]mapc.org or 617-451-2770, extension 2018

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Help Make Housing Cheaper/Better for Young People!

EDITOR’s NOTE: We got great response to this post from all of you in the ONEin3 community. So great, in fact, that our two focus groups filled up in under an hour. We are working to get more voices heard through these efforts and we’ll let you know as soon as we have something to announce. In the meantime, please please leave any ideas or suggestions that you have about housing in Boston in the comments section. THANKS!

Do you LOVE Boston, but worry about living here permanently because of the cost?

Are you desperate for somewhere to grill in the summertime?

Do you wish you could live closer to work and shorten your commute?

If you could imagine your ideal house or apartment in Boston, what would it look like?

NOW is your chance to make your voice heard and influence new housing development in the City.

The Housing Committee of the ONEin3 Boston Mayor’s Advisory Council is conducting two focus groups that will influence the City’s plans for future housing development. Even though one third of Boston’s population is between the ages of 20 and 34, there is very little housing developed with young people specifially in mind.

Please sign up for a short focus group on the following dates and help the City of Boston help you!  The focus group will last approximately an hour and a half and will take place at Boston City Hall on Monday, March 15th or Tuesday March 23rd

 March 15th: http://onein3housing1.eventbrite.com
March 23rd: http://onein3housing2.eventbrite.com

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Yes We Can…Buy a House in Roslindale

We hear all the time at ONEin3 that Boston is an expensive city. While it’s true that housing in Boston can be a burden, there are deals to be had in many of Boston’s neighborhoods. The Housing subcommittee on the ONEin3 Boston Mayor’s Advisory Council has put together a set of guides to neighborhoods that are affordable, accessible and full of the amenities that make Boston a great place.

This week we are focusing on the Roslindale…click here to see all that this neighborhood has to offer!

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