For some empty nesters, city living is just right

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By Jenifer B. McKim | The Boston Globe | August 19, 2012 Five years ago, Lois and Ray Siegelman decided to leave their spacious four-bedroom Colonial home in Concord to start anew in a three-bedroom Charlestown condo with stunning views of Boston Harbor. In doing so, the Siegelmans gave up space for convenience, and suburban quiet and […]

Mass. unemployment rate rises as economy slows

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By Megan Woolhouse | The Boston Globe | August 17, 2012 Massachusetts’ unemployment rate ticked up slightly in July as the state’s economy continued to slow last month, adding just 1,600 jobs, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday. The state’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent, from 6 percent in June, the […]

Tight supply means rents soaring in city

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Average of $1,881 is up 7% in a year By Dan Adams | The Boston Globe | August 14, 2012 Rents for apartments in Boston­ are soaring, and a dearth of construction of less expensive apartments is making it increasingly difficult for tenants to find affordable places to live. The average monthly rent jumped more than 7 […]

July 2012 ‘Five Questions With…Podcast’: Northeastern University Economist Dr. Barry Bluestone

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The MAR Report | August 10, 2012 Click here to listen In this late July(…early August?) edition of our “Five Questions With…Podcast”, we speak to Northeastern University Economist Dr. Barry Bluestone about the Massachusetts real estate market, the economy and more. Dr. Barry Bluestone Bio: Barry Bluestone is the Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy, the […]

Natick evaluates its economic strengths and weaknesses

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By Brian Benson | The MetroWest Daily News | August 7, 2012 Town leaders Monday began reviewing results of an economic development self-assessment, rating the town on dozens of factors from transportation to access to the development permitting process. Town and business leaders met in June to respond to questions posed by the study, which was funded […]

Three cheers for Mr. Rosengren

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By Barry Bluestone | Boston.com | August 7, 2012 The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has been blessed with extraordinary leadership since the 1960s, if not longer.  Eric Rosengren has continued that tradition since he became president of the bank in 2007.  Now he is speaking out calmly and intelligently about the state of the economy and the need […]

Boston.com – Three Cheers for Mr. Rosengren – 8/7/12

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Barry Bluestone praises the leadership of the Boston Federal Reserve for the call to action of Washington to implement proactive, aggressive fiscal policy as the economy attempts to rebound from the Great Recession. Download PDF | Boston.com

‘Magic’ gone from Charlestown project

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By Greg Turner | The Boston Herald | August 6, 2012 Former basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s investment in a Charlestown housing project turned out to be no slam dunk. The Los Angeles Lakers legend’s development team dumped Mezzo Design Lofts, a 146-unit complex built adjacent to Interstate 93 five years ago, for $45.7 million last week […]

A Manufacturing Comeback in Massachusetts

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By CRISTINA QUINN | WGBH | August 3, 2012 According to Barry Bluestone, Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, there has been a recent increase in manufacturing employment and output. U.S. employers adding 163,000 jobs in July was a hopeful sign for many, including investors. Stocks rose on Wall Street […]

Mitt Romney rocks prez on growth

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By Marie Szaniszlo | The Boston Herald | July 28, 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, knocked on his heels by Olympic gaffes overseas, was back on the offensive yesterday, blasting President Obama in the wake of a mediocre GDP report. “After failing to meet with his jobs council for more than six months, President Obama is now […]

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