sPARKing New Ideas: Parking Strategies for Stronger Communities was a highly successful conference sponsored on April 8, 2014 by MAPC in partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association
Staying Power II is a follow-up study to our original report on Massachusetts’ manufacturing sector conducted back in 2007. As with the first report, our research found that the manufacturing sector is more robust and resilient than is commonly perceived.
Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2013 analyzes the relationship between the region’s economy, demography, and housing, and keeps track of federal, state and local government policies that affect the region’s housing market, including a new analysis of local zoning regulations in Greater Boston communities.
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As a “think and do” tank, the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy is equally committed to producing state-of-the-art applied research and implementing effective policies and practices based on that research. The Center’s collaborative research and problem-solving model uses powerful data analysis, multidisciplinary research and evaluation techniques and a policy-driven perspective to address critical challenges facing urban areas.
Barry Bluestone presents to the Windham Economic Development Committee.
“Massachusetts, in the life sciences, has leapfrogged other states in the last six or seven years,” said Barry Bluestone, the director of Northeastern’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and a coauthor of the report.
As the sizeable Baby Boom generation reaches retirement age, Massachusetts communities will need to rethink how they are going to deal with housing, transportation, and social service needs, as well as how the public sector will be financed. Join Professor Bluestone as he explores the demographic revolution before us and how we can plan for a different — but better — future in the Bay State.
In the News
July 25, 2014
A reception before the event at Bubala’s by the Bay drew names such as musician Patty Larkin, Northeastern professor of political economy Barry Bluestone, Rice Polak Gallery owner Marla Rice, and founding executive director of Community Servings Dede Ketover.
July 25, 2014
In the 10 years since the Massachusetts School Building Authority was created, the agency has distributed $10.5 billion to help build and renovate hundreds of schools to improve the quality of education around the state, but the funding also has played a significant role in creating jobs and generating tax revenue, a new report shows. The economic impact was particularly meaningful during the recent downturn, which hit the construction industry hard, according to the report, written by Alan Clayton-Matthews and Barry Bluestone of the Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Planning.
July 17, 2014
There was no shortage of good news in the Massachusetts jobs report for June, when unemployment dipped to 5.5 percent — its lowest rate in nearly six years — and when the growing number of people working in the state hovered at an all-time high.
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