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Airbnb vs. Boston Hotels; Southie Restaurant Rigmarole

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SOUTH BOSTON—The developers had to cut the number of restaurant seats by more than 100, however, and scratch the sidewalk dining, too: "Developers building a 30-unit apartment building at Dorchester and Dresser streets in South Boston got approval last week to put a restaurant called Republic on the ground level." [Eater Boston]
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BOSTON—Party-planning Apartment-sharing site Airbnb may be a steal when it comes to short stays in the city: "In Boston, an average nightly rental rate is $186, compared to an average nightly hotel rate of $301 — an average savings of $115 per night, the Hipmunk study shows." [Biz Journal]