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What Can Be Done ASAP to Make Boston More Affordable?

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Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, etc. Have something you want discussed? Let us know.

One of the defining characteristics of life in Boston (and the Boston area, really) is its cost, especially the cost of its real estate. Rents are higher than pretty much anywhere except San Francisco and New York, and houses and condos are starting to go for truly astronomical sums, even if they’re kind of boilerplate.

So! For this Friday Open Thread, we’d like to know: What can be done as soon as possible to bring costs down? Build, baby, build? Sure, but how? Or maybe the solution lies in better transit to more affordable areas farther from Boston’s core. Or perhaps bring back rent regulations in some spots. Or rezone others to foster housing development. Taller buildings, perhaps? That seems like a no-brainer.

What’d you think? Sound off in the comments. And, please, don’t hold back.