As housing and rent prices in Boston continue their long, upward creep and new real estate investors keep coming out of the woodwork, mass evictions have become increasingly common, reports The Boston Globe.
Saying her housing advocacy nonprofit City Life/Vida Urbana has worked more than 66 building clearout cases in recent years, Lisa Owens told the paper “mass displacement is a crisis” in the city.
“We have speculators brazenly coming to our neighborhoods marketing them as ripe for gentrification,” she added.
The Globe assessed the circumstances surrounding the increase, noting how in neighborhoods like East Boston, Dorchester and Roxbury, developers are seeking to exploit ever-increasing property values and rents by renovating older buildings then charging more to live there.
The problem is the tenants in these buildings can’t afford the new prices.
In “rapidly gentrifying” Chinatown, the paper notes, the Chinese Progressive Association attested to helping assist in six recent building clearouts, with more on the horizon.
The same kind of process can be seen happening in some largely Latin American parts of East Boston, according to The Globe.
City officials meanwhile are moving to enact new protections for tenants.