Listen to Barry Bluestone on Radio Boston: Concerns The Hot Mass. Housing Market Is A New Bubble

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Listen to the full broadcast here. The housing market is heating up in Massachusetts. Many real estate watchers say homes are being snapped up days or even hours after hitting the market, often above asking price and without conditions such as a home inspection. Some buyers say they have been boxed out of buying homes […]

Barry Bluestone comments on the Middlesex 3 Coalition for the Boston Globe

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Economist backs regional effort to promote Route 3 corridor By John Laidler | The Boston Globe | JULY 18, 2013 A collaborative effort among five communities to promote their shared Route 3 corridor is getting some encouragement from a well-known economist. Barry Bluestone, founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at […]

Boston bombing suspect’s fate: Column

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By James Alan Fox | USA Today Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to appear in federal court today for his arraignment, and some victims and their families are expected to attend. When the 30-count indictment against him was announced last month, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz indicated that the 19-year-old defendant, if convicted of murdering three […]

Poor public transit hard on Latinos, report finds

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Employment and appointments suffer By Javier Panzar | BOSTON GLOBE | JULY 10, 2013   Sixty-three-year-old Terrie Cherry, a primary care attendant, crisscrosses Worcester up to seven times a day on the local buses to reach her patients. She rides Route 6 in the morning, and if the bus is late, as it was twice […]

Report: Inadequate Public Transit Hurting State’s Low-Income Latinos

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By Benjamin Swasey | WBUR.org| July 9, 2013 BOSTON — With limited quality public transportation, many low-income Latino residents across Massachusetts are reliant on cars, and it’s adversely affecting their finances and job choices, a new report (PDF) argues. The study — comprised of surveys conducted in East Boston, Lynn, Springfield and Worcester— finds that a majority of respondents rely, […]

The Toll of Transportation

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Report Shows Inadequate Public Transportation Takes Heavy Toll on Budget, Time, and Quality of Life of Low-Income Latinos in Massachusetts

Alan Clayton-Matthews predicts weak second quarter in Mass. due to federal policies

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Economists: Fed budget policies hurt Mass. By Jordan Graham | Boston Herald | June 28, 2013 The state economy, despite performing well compared to the rest of the country, has begun to stall due to federal tax and budget policies, a group of local economists said yesterday. The MassBenchmarks Editorial Board, made up of economists […]

Are we creating the next housing bubble in Mass?

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By Jay Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe | June 30, 2o13 The housing recovery is only in its early stages in Massachusetts, but already there’s an eerie sense of déjà vu. The inventory of homes for sale is low. Bidding wars are breaking out. Prices are rising quickly. It’s a scenario that would be familiar […]

Barry Bluestone predicts impact of baby boomers on housing market

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Downsizing doomsday? Why some experts worry a mass sell-off of sprawling suburban homes could stall the housing market By Melissa Schorr | The Boston Globe | June 30, 2013 WITH BIDDING WARS heating up, construction booming, and mortgage rates still at historic lows, the housing market is finally on the rise — but a new problem might be […]

Life Sciences Center pays off in jobs, new tax revenues

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The Boston Globe | June 28, 2013 AS MANY other industries around them contracted, the biotech and medical-device sectors in Massachusetts added more than 8,000 jobs over the past five years. What’s more, while life-sciences employment nationwide increased 12 percent nationally since 2000, Massachusetts’ grew more than twice as fast. The state’s edge? The Massachusetts Life […]

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