These thousands of new apartments Hub-wide cannot come soon enough, of course. The region has long suffered from a shortage of quality housing (suffered being a relative term—it's great for landlords because it usually means consistently higher rents). Now, more than 6,000 units are going up through at least 35 projects, with profound repercussions for our housing market.
For one thing, the new apartments may—may!—mean lower rents across the board (though not by much and only eventually). Second, several of these projects have happily hopped aboard the au courant urban-planning idea of being transit-oriented, presaging a Greater Boston that one day will not be so car-dependent. Finally, really look at our map (which charts planned projects; those under construction; and those opened in the last year): This new rental development will basically create new residential neighborhoods, including in North Cambridge, around the Alewife T stop, and in the South End, just to the west of I-93. You're in at the ground floor.
· Somerville's Downward-Facing Doghouse and Hub's Apt. Future [Curbed Boston]
· Boston's 5,000 New Apartments Won't Mean Lower Rents [Curbed Boston]
· In North Cambridge, a Plethora of New Apartment Buildings [Curbed Boston]
· Our complete Curbed Maps archive [Curbed Boston]