An aerial view of the aging viaduct in the "throat" section of Interstate 90 near Boston University, looking west toward the vacant former railyards where Harvard University aims to develop a new urban neighborhood of housing, office and lab space. Courtesy of MassDOT.

Under Harvard’s Influence, MassDOT Approves $86 Million Contract to Rehab Allston Highway Viaduct

"It’s concerning that Harvard, an institution that has historically been opaque in their plans to develop in Allston, has control over the major infrastructure that impacts thousand of residents here, without having a clear and transparent process to share what those conversations are," said Galen Mook, a member of the Allston Multimodal Project's public task force.
An apartment tower under construction, seen from the ground angle looking up into the sky. In the foreground is a black elevator enclosure with the MBTA T logo.

They’ve Been Warned: Attorney General Says Suburbs ‘Must Comply’ With Transit-Oriented Housing Law

On Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell issued an advisory to warn cities and towns across eastern Massachusetts that they “must comply” with the state’s new MBTA Communities Law by legalizing multifamily housing near MBTA bus routes and rail stations. Where many of Boston’s suburbs currently only allow single-family homes with large lawns, the new law […]