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Spare a Thought for the Triple-Decker—Effort to Save Icon

Triple-deckers are as synonymous with Boston as sports franchises that are terrible for decades and then great for years. And that's why the city has launched a $3 million plan to maintain and improve them. The so-called 3D Campaign, announced Saturday in Dorchester, will provide loans and grants to help people buy or renovate triple-deckers. Sayeth Hizzoner to The Globe: “If you drive down Washington Street in Roslindale, aesthetically these houses are very similar, and they have a very distinct design. They’re not like an apartment building or row housing. No other city has this."

And Boston will not have any more of them—zoning laws and building codes forbid the construction of new triple-deckers. Time to save the time capsules that are left.

· City Moves to Preserve Iconic Three-Deckers [Globe]