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Making Boston 24-7; Making Hub Apt. Hunts Not Suck; More!

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BOSTON—The debate rages on about making the city more 24-7-y (though no one seems to stop and ask: Isn't part of Boston's appeal to newcomers that it isn't as hectic as New York or as dangerous as Philly?): "The big question, though, is what it'll take to keep Boston open later. The people who are most likely to vote and speak up at public meetings are change-averse; the city's elected leaders know that—and most of those officials probably weren't night owls to begin with. So can this situation get any better?" []
MASS.-WIDE—Condo sales were up annually in January, but single-family sales were way up: "With 2,680 single-family homes sold last month, it was the best January since 2007, said the Warren Group, a Boston firm that tracks real estate activity." []
HUB-WIDE—Lisa DeCanio lays down a listicle about the awfulness of renting 'round here, but we think it could apply to just about any of the nation's more enviable metro areas. Like this: "For me, [the search] is the most miserable part of the process. After a long day of staring at my computer at the office, the last thing I want to do is go home and stare and my computer some more. You spend hours decoding Craigslist postings for 'cozy,' 'garden-level' apartments, and even if you find one that isn't a musty closet in a creepy basement, it's likely someone snapped it up before you could get in touch with the broker in the first place." [BostInno]