It is a time when many will have forgotten about the construction boom of the 1990s and 2000s, when millions of tons of concrete were poured and hauled across the Boston Harbor, then trucked into the harbor, then shipped out.
And while those big, concrete monstrosities may have been built, the work was not done.
As the Globe reported in an article this month, Boston was building its own roads, bridges, sewers and storm drains, and the construction of some of the new structures has not been finished.
The construction boom is also having its effects on the neighborhood that surrounds the Globe, the paper’s home, as more than a third of the buildings were built for residential use.
In a city that has a long history of housing construction, the Globe’s construction boom will come at a time of growing pressure for affordable housing.
The Globe reported that construction workers have been protesting at the site of some buildings in the neighborhood, and that many of the workers are young people with low-wage jobs.
“When you see construction workers, they’re young, they’ve got tattoos on their foreheads, and they’re not old, they just want to make a living,” said Sarah Hagan, the newspaper’s chief operating officer, as she toured one of the site’s newest buildings.
“It’s a new neighborhood, so they don’t know what to expect.”
The Globe is taking the issue of construction in the area very seriously.
In the past, it has written about the building boom and its impacts, including the closure of a former construction site in the city’s East Boston neighborhood in 2012.
But the Globe is not alone.
Other newspapers have been writing about the Boston construction boom in recent years, including The Boston Globe and the New England Journal of Medicine.
The paper’s article on the construction is a reminder that it is important for reporters to have the context of their work so that they can understand what is going on in the community, Hagan said.
“What you are really hearing from the public is a city trying to build affordable housing, but what we really want to hear from you is the construction,” she said.
The article, written by a Globe reporter who has worked in Boston for more than 20 years, follows the newspaper last year, when it published a series of stories about a spate of construction accidents that occurred in the South End neighborhood.
The articles focused on the destruction of an apartment complex that was built for young families, and on a fire at a former coal mine that resulted in the death of a young woman.
Both incidents were reported to the police.
The newspaper wrote at the time that it believed the construction work was being done at the behest of the developer, and a spokesman for the developer said the developer had asked that his building be closed for a few weeks while he worked on the site.
“The building was built by the developer for the sole purpose of making a profit,” said Kevin L. Smith, the developer’s lawyer.
“We believe the developer did nothing wrong.
We believe it was done in the best interest of the community.”
Smith said the building was not intended to be used as a home.
“This was a new project in the context and for the purposes of the area,” Smith said.
Smith also said the construction was done for a business.
“I can’t imagine how a developer could have thought he was building a home when he did this, so we’re really asking people to be very careful,” he said.
Boston is trying to get the construction industry to change.
A spokeswoman for the city of Boston, Mary-Margaret Sullivan, told the Globe that the city had begun a formal investigation into the Boston-area building boom.
“There are a lot of problems that are plaguing the community,” Sullivan said.
One of the issues that Sullivan is addressing is the question of whether or not the construction process can be altered to reduce the risk of fires.
“As soon as we are able to find out what is causing the fire, we will work with the developer to see if we can have some mitigation measures put in place,” Sullivan told the paper.
“In a lot.
I can’t recall any other city that’s done this.”
A spokesman for Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he was aware of the Globe article and was focused on helping the community and the city “get back on track” as it dealt with the ongoing fire investigation.
“While I appreciate the interest that many people have in the construction news, I don’t want to interfere with this investigation,” said spokesman Brian Murray.
“If there are any further questions, please reach out to the city.”
The city also plans to conduct a public hearing to address the issues raised by the Globe.
In Boston, some residents are angry at the construction companies that are responsible for the work and