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Cambridge Joins Boston in Instituting Construction Moratorium Due to Coronavirus

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CAMBRIDGE, MA—The City of Cambridge joined the City of Boston in instituting a temporary emerging construction moratorium on both public and private property to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

The moratorium was announced on Wednesday and is in effect until further notice. The action by Cambridge comes a day after Boston Mayor Martin Walsh instituted a construction ban in the City of Boston. To date, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has not called for a construction work stoppage statewide.

During the moratorium, the City of Cambridge will allow construction activity only with the explicit permission of the Commissioner of Inspectional Services (for building-related work) or the Commissioner of Public Works (for street-utility related work) provided that such activity is essential or in response to an emergency.

According to the order, effective at 8 a.m. today all issuance of building permits, trade permits and licenses by

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‘House Party’ Podcast: Home Buying and Selling During a Pandemic; the Duggars’ Odd Arkansas Home Finally Finds a Buyer

How do you buy or sell a home while also practicing social distancing? You get creative. All that and more on this week’s episode of “House Party.”

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“House Party” is realtor.com®’s official podcast about the overlapping worlds of real estate and pop culture, hosted by Natalie WayErik Gunther, and Rachel Stults. Click the player above to hear our takes on this week’s hot topics.

Real estate is a total contact sport—shaking hands, touching things in other people’s houses, signing documents, and so on and so forth. So we couldn’t help but wonder how the home buying and selling process is changing now that the entire nation is practicing social distancing. After all, some people still

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Willy Walker: Government May Let Student Housing Owners Turn Assets to Hospital Beds

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WASHINGTON, DC—The Trump Administration is considering a plan in which student housing owners could master lease their assets to create makeshift hospital beds to provide support during the coronavirus, according to remarks Walker & Dunlop CEO Willy Walker made during a webinar. The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the White House are currently working on that, he said.

The appeal is clear from a public health perspective: The US has 924,000 total hospital beds and roughly 5% of those beds are in intensive care units, according to projections by James Lawler, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center that were reported by Axios. He believes the coronavirus will eventually lead to 4.8 million hospitalizations.

Presumably, there would be appeal to the student housing operators as well, given that many colleges have sent their students home, probably for the rest of

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