Even though Boston added more units of housing in the last decade than in the three pre­vious decades com­bined, the pace of new devel­op­ment is not keeping up with all the people who want to live here. The Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pre­dicts that unless annual housing pro­duc­tion in the Boston area dou­bles — from 6,000 units to 12,000 units a year — already sky-​​high prices will soar.

The cir­cum­stances call for a very dif­ferent approach to housing,” Dukakis center director Barry Blue­stone said. “There’s much more demand for mul­ti­family rentals and condos. We need to get com­mu­ni­ties to rezone to allow for that kind of housing.”

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