Imagine Boston 2030 is a plan to fix Boston.
Boston mayor Marty Walsh wants the city to look better. His plan is to turn Boston into a healthy city with money-saving technology by 2030. Walsh’s idea on housing is really impressive. In the document, “Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030,” the plan states it will help ensure growth and prosperity reaches every corner of Boston.
“Imagine Boston first came out of Marty Walsh’s mayoral campaign. He was going around talking to residents and heard housing pressure was getting bad,” said Natalia Urtubey, executive director of Imagine Boston 2030. A top priority for Imagine Boston is making housing affordable. As good as this seems, there are pros and cons for housing in the future.
To accomplish this goal, the city is going to create 53,000 new units of housing at a variety of income levels across the city: 44,000 units of housing for the workforce, 5,000 units of housing for senior citizens, and 4,000 units to stabilize the market and bring rents and housing prices under control.
Walsh is already doing things for Imagine Boston 2030 to be successful. According to imagine.boston.gov, Walsh announced the Acquisition Opportunity Program, which provides loans to ensure that property owners maintain affordable rent levels for low and middle income families, and maintains current tenants in good standing. The $7.5 million investment is a step towards preserving more affordable housing for Bostonians.
Residents in Boston have arguments against the project. They believe housing will still cost more. Most people believe they are going to be forced to out of Boston because they cannot afford to stay. Housing is a problem right now because people are already struggling to maintain an apartment in 2018. According to RentCafe.com, in 2018, the average rent in Boston is $3,001 and its goes up 3 percent every year.
“People are demanding more out of housing today, particularly with the rise in the cost of rents and the short supply of housing,” said Walsh in an interview with Boston Magazine.
We have 12 years until the plan should reach its goals. I am very confident that Walsh set this up perfectly.
“I want the city to be better than I found it. And I found it in pretty good shape,” said Walsh in a interview with Chris Sweeney.
I believe this will be the case, but I hope what he speaks shows by 2030. Also, people love Boston because of its diversity and opportunity. They should not have to move out because things are too expensive.