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Study finds transportation costs negate housing savings in suburbs

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A study by the Urban Land Institute finds that savings from housing outside the urban core is lost when transportation costs are factored into affordability.

Boston Globe:

People who move to an outlying Boston suburb to find affordable housing or to get more house for their money often sacrifice the savings to higher transportation costs, according to a study to be released today by a national planning and land-use organization.

The report, by the Urban Land Institute, is the first to quantify by community not only commuting costs, but the price of daily transportation around often-sprawling suburbs.

The study, entitled “The Boston Regional Challenge” and prepared by the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing, is not a manifesto for abandoning exurbs and returning to cities and inner suburbs. Rather, it is intended as a guide for officials, developers, home-buyers, and renters to the costs of transportation in 323 communities in Eastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, and much of Rhode Island.

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