Brookline’s Economic Development and Housing Advisory boards will host a presentation and panel discussion Feb. 15 on creating mixed-use developments and affordable housing in town. The guest speaker will be Northeastern University economist Barry Bluestone, who will offer a perspective on Greater Boston’s “explosive real estate and jobs economy” and how that impacts housing affordability, the town said in a statement on its website.
Bluestone is the lead author of the Greater Boston Housing Report Card for 2017, published by the Boston Foundation. That report found that while there is a building boom for homes in Boston itself, permitting in the surrounding region has dropped since 2015, helping to keep housing prices high. Panelists from the two town boards “will explore how Brookline can encourage appropriate mixed-used development with more affordable housing, while also expanding the town’s commercial tax base,” the statement said. The presentation will be held in the Select Board’s Hearing Room at Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, starting at 7:00 p.m.