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Critical Mass

Critical Mass

Curbed Boston editor Tom Acitelli breaks down the latest development news in a weekly column.

Massachusetts needs a construction moratorium now: unions

Other big development news of the week includes the 10 tallest Boston buildings by mid-decade and speculation surrounding federal infrastructure funding.

Construction pause upends development in the Boston region

That’s the week's biggest development news—though there’s also a proposal for Brighton and some choice nuggets from the archives.

New WBZ studios could mean more development in Allston

Other big development news this week surrounds the novel coronavirus’ effects on Boston-area real estate.

Southie project near Andrew Square advances

Other big development news of the week includes a promising project in Hyde Park and a big milestone in the South End.

New Downtown Crossing tower could come without parking

Other big development news of the week includes major projects for Dorchester and Newton as well as more change in Cambridge’s Central Square.

Bernie Sanders sounds off on Suffolk Downs project

Other big development news of the week includes Boston’s hotel-building boom, a new office building in Kendall Square, and a prime parcel up for grabs in the South End.

Five-floor building could fill Newbury Street parking lot

The week’s other big development news includes a proposed apartment building between Hyde Park and Roslindale and a possible Superfund designation for the Neponset.

Eastie apartment project on Bremen Street advances

Other big development news this week includes hotels in downtown Boston, Back Bay, and the Seaport as well as the resurrection of a proposal for over the Mass. Pike.

Pleated condo building will pop in Mission Hill

Other big development news of the week includes a demolition in Back Bay and an approval in Allston.

Pru renovation work likely to wrap by mid-2022

Other big development news of the week includes a 25-acre Roslindale parcel for sale and major development throughout Dorchester.

New Seaport building will mean new shuttle service to Roxbury’s Nubian Square

The week’s other big development news includes a fresh plan for redeveloping the Boston Harbor Garage and another big proposal along Morrissey Boulevard.

Fenway apartments, once supposed to be dorms, win key approval

Other big development news of the week includes disruption at South Station, a tentative opening date for the Globe’s old HQ, and a big listing from UMass-Boston.

Some locals pan Fort Point building

Other big development news from the week includes a proposal to demolish and replace half of Quincy City Hall and the amenities arms race in Boston.

The Financial District’s a-changin’

Other big development news of the week includes Boston construction figures from 2019 and the projects to watch region-wide throughout 2020.

South Station tower advances—again

Other big development news of the week includes a milestone for The Hub On Causeway and a potential milestone for that big South Station project.

Developers size up land around WBZ-TV’s Allston studios

Other big development news of the week includes another major project in Allston as well as ones in Somerville and Cambridge—and the top neighborhoods of the 2010s.

Boston might plunk apartments atop library branches

Other big development news of the week includes a Kenmore Square hotel advancing, a pivot on Fenway Center, and an effort underway to stop the demolition of the Hurley Building. And sports!

Newton turns over the hourglass on Boston College woods

The week’s other big development news includes a Somerville life sciences building, the rollout of Fenway Center, and, yes, another big going-on in Newton.

Developers shrink housing component of Southie power plant redevelopment

Other big development news of the week includes Northeastern proposing another private dorm and the umpteenth try at redeveloping the Boston Harbor Garage.

New England’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing complex gets Boston’s okay

Other big development news this week includes decisions on selling the Hynes Convention Center and on picking a developer for Harvard’s big Allston parcel.

More of Gillette’s South Boston land could end up on the market

Other big development news of the week includes Hub on Causeway’s official opening and a milestone for the South End’s Quinn condo project.

Hurley Building sale in Boston would lead to multi-acre development downtown

Other big development news of the week includes major tweaks to projects in Mattapan, the Financial District, Fort Point, and Newton.

Two-building Alewife project would add 100 apartments

Other big development news from the week includes a brouhaha over a failed Mass. Pike project and some milestones off Morrissey Boulevard.

Boston adding quite a few luxury hotel rooms

Other big development news this week includes a South Station tower, a Mattapan apartment building, and shrinkage in Southie and Dot.

Proposed Hyde Park developments would bring nearly 130 apartments and condos

Other big development news from the week includes a major climate change initiative from Boston, a preliminary plan for a Fort Point parcel, and movement on Harvard’s Allston footprint.

Benjamin Franklin Institute’s Roxbury deal could mean big, new project in the South End

This week’s Critical Mass. also includes a Quincy development off the Red Line, an Orange Line connection for Encore Boston Harbor, and downtown Boston’s first automated parking garage.

Dorchester development could add 400 apartments next to South Bay center

Other big development news in Critical Mass. this week includes a Suffolk University dorm, a climate change warning, the fate of the Hynes Convention Center, the rise and rise of coworking, and the trends to follow in 2020.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

This Critical Mass. includes Boston’s biggest carbon-neutral residential development and a potential second act for the Hynes Convention Center.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

Critical Mass. is a weekly roundup of the most notable development news in the Boston area. This busy go-round includes goings on in the South End, West Newton, and Alewife.

What you need to know about Boston-area development this week

The latest Critical Mass. includes the coming conversion of two Boston parking lots and the seven neighborhoods in the region to watch now.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

Critical Mass. this week includes big new projects in Charlestown, the South End, and downtown Boston.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

Critical Mass. is a weekly roundup of the region’s most notable development news. This week’s includes a hotel near Fenway Park, a new dorm for Suffolk University, and the end of the line for a Mass. Pike air rights project.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

The latest Critical Mass. roundup includes a new theater next to Fenway Park and big plans for the old Alexandra Hotel.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

Critical Mass. this week includes new life sciences projects, a more affordable condo in Jamaica Plain, and a potential game-changer in Davis Square.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

Critical Mass. includes some arrested development in Fenway, a big project next to Faneuil Hall, and a new life sciences building in Waltham.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

Critical Mass. this go-round includes two life sciences projects, an unveiling in Fenway, and a new tower for Chinatown.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

Critical Mass. this week includes two big projects in South Boston and a windfall for workforce housing in the Boston region.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

Critical Mass. is a roundup of the most notable development news in the Boston area. This week, it tackles projects and movement in Dorchester, East Boston, Watertown, and elsewhere.

Here’s what you need to know about Boston-area development this week

Critical Mass. tackles new housing in JP and the South End, the aftershocks of Encore Boston Harbor opening, and the end of sprawl in the Boston area.