Around Town

Housing task force zeroes in on vacant and blighted properties to increase affordable rental units

High rents and low vacancy rates continue to plague New Hampshire’s rental housing market. The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority recently released their New Hampshire Residential Cost Survey Report, which shows that vacancy rates in Hillsborough County remain low at 2.3 percent, a 5 percent rate is considered manageable. In Manchester, the median rent for a 2-bedroom apartment has risen from $1,406 in 2019 to $1,483 in 2020. READ MORE

Around Town

River at risk: Forest Society film explores vital need for Merrimack River conservation

Formed by the marriage of the mountain water of the Pemigewasset and the lake water of the Winnipesaukee Rivers, the Merrimack River winds its way 117 miles into Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts and out into the Gulf of Maine. It is the fourth largest watershed in New England and covers more than 5,000 square miles of land that drains into the Merrimack River and its tributaries. Along the way it runs through the center of Manchester like an artery. READ MORE

Point of View

We have been making our way down this rabbit hole for more than 40 years, it’s time to vote for Volinsky

We have been making our way down this rabbit hole for more than 40 years. Manchester reached the end of the tunnel a while ago, but now we have lots of company.  Because of our adherence to “The Pledge,” communities up and down the state are having a hard time funding their schools. That means that a lot of New Hampshire kids will never become the people they are destined to be, and that is a shame. READ MORE