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Old 09-23-2019, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Boston
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It seems like the high income is growing. If the low income group is getting bigger where are they living?
Theyre just crowded into houses with family and friends. Theres probably more low income people in Hyde Park and West Roxbury than in 1990 as well. Bad areas of Dorchester Roxbury and Mattapan that were already heavy with low income people have probably seen more low income people take the place of middle class families. Just a lot of people who have been relocated out of housing projects and immigrants/refugees and people doubling up and tripling.

We have tor remember alot has happened in the market since 1990. almost 30 years ago. Ups and downs
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Old 09-26-2019, 05:34 AM
 
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A city like Boston is attractive to low-income people: lots of work, able to get around without a car, various communities of like minded folks. It's just the steep cost of housing and apparent trend of relatively higher income people entering the housing market in poor and working class neighborhoods that makes it seem surprising that the low-income sector is getting bigger.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:15 AM
 
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The house-sharing aspect of the real estate market is quite large in the Boston metro. Remember the old quote "Necessity is the mother of invention"?
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Old 09-26-2019, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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A city like Boston is attractive to low-income people: lots of work, able to get around without a car, various communities of like minded folks. It's just the steep cost of housing and apparent trend of relatively higher income people entering the housing market in poor and working class neighborhoods that makes it seem surprising that the low-income sector is getting bigger.
Lots of work? I guess anyone can do Uber Eats and other jobs like that. Hardly big earnings. Like minded folks? Not sure what you mean, but walking a mile or two in Boston, you end up in areas 100% unlike each other in almost every way.
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Old 09-26-2019, 08:26 PM
 
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Lots of work? I guess anyone can do Uber Eats and other jobs like that. Hardly big earnings. Like minded folks? Not sure what you mean, but walking a mile or two in Boston, you end up in areas 100% unlike each other in almost every way.
You imply it's either software engineers or uber drivers. Seems to me there's all sorts of work-- hotels, restaurants, universities, hospitals; all the third sector stuff--lawn crews, etc. Public sector jobs too. And lots of different ethnic and immigrant communities--Haitian, Brazilian, Dominican to name three.
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Old Yesterday, 01:58 PM
 
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If I was a low income person I sure as heck wouldn’t be living in Boston. The winters must be treacherous. I’d move to a better climate with low cost of living. Low income people don’t do well in Boston. They’re not able to send their kids to the rich kids schools, they work too much, quality of life is bad, they have a bad commute, bad family life in many cases (kids out of wedlock or have an absent parent). It’s hard enough for middle class people in Boston. I am surprised there as many low income people here as they are. Even if they’re on assistance it just seems like a crappy place to be in. At least if you have a good well paying job and your kids are in good schools there are positives.
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Old Yesterday, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Just about any other city is better for low income or working class folks than boston.
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Old Today, 02:02 AM
 
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Just about any other city is better for low income or working class folks than boston.
Is that so? Where else do you have low income people living in brand new luxury townhouses that would require $150K income had they been market rate while non-techbro working folks are stuck in crumbling roach-infested shoeboxes?
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Old Today, 11:56 AM
 
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Is that so? Where else do you have low income people living in brand new luxury townhouses that would require $150K income had they been market rate while non-techbro working folks are stuck in crumbling roach-infested shoeboxes?
Gotta agree here. Boston basically panders to poor people in a way that's almost unfair. Every new building has a ton of units set aside for poor people at affordable rents while the rest of the units cost too much for regular people to afford. Then there's the extremely generous welfare benefits with income eligibility limits that are probably double what they are in most of the country.

If anything Boston is the worst city in the country to be middle class and the best to be poor or rich.
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Old Today, 01:17 PM
 
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I’m not saying it’s a bad place to live if you are on welfare and it’s just you. But if you have kids that you care about (which you probably don’t that much tbh) then I don’t see how Boston is a great place for you. If you’re literally just sitting on your ass and you’re waiting to die and aren’t raising anyone else to be a decent human then yeah being poor and getting free housing in Boston probably isn’t so bad.
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