Matt Robare

Matthew M. Robare is a freelance journalist based in Boston.

Of History, Architecture & Memory

November 8, 2018

Humans are conditioned to think today’s buildings are automatically uglier than what came before.

The Trinity House: A Philadelphia Style Of Missing Middle

October 6, 2018

Trinity homes, a common 3-story rowhome throughout Philly, could be used as a missing middle style in other U.S. cities.

Playing ‘Chicken’ With A Massachusetts Housing Act

July 20, 2018

Another state bill aims to address the housing shortage, this time from Massachusetts.

Is Airbnb Causing Boston’s Housing Crisis? No.

April 12, 2018

Homeshare services make up a minuscule portion of Boston’s housing stock. The real cause for its high prices is neighborhood Nimbyism.

What Your Cocktail Choice Says About Your Urbanist Beliefs

April 12, 2018

Whether you Yimby or Nimby may depend on what you’re gulping at last call.

Boston’s Snow Removal Policy: Shove It To The Side

January 12, 2018

“America’s Walking City” removes the snow for cars. For pedestrians, not so much.

Can “21st Century Villages” End Boston’s Housing Woes?

January 2, 2018

Boston can imagine all the housing styles it wants, but building them means getting past the politics.

Boston’s Council Candidates: Big On Transit, Blind On Housing

October 30, 2017

StreetsPAC Mass, which supports sustainable transportation and public transit, released endorsements for…

Housing Wars Episode IV: A New Scapegoat

September 4, 2017

Bostonians woke up recently to news that they can now blame short-term corporate rentals for their high housing costs. These can join the list of other factors people blame, including immigrants, millennials, new construction and even the city’s vibrant economy. Here are some things they can target next…

What Came First, The Bubble Or The Demand?

August 21, 2017

In a recent Strong Towns post “California Housing Crisis”, Charles Marohn (whose generally excellent work should not be minimized) argued that California’s housing crisis is driven not by high demand, but its boom-and-bust economy….

Which Veggie Is Next In The Nimby Summer Salad?

August 18, 2017

I never realized increasing housing supply and vegetable supply were at such odds.