The Boston Globe – A cyclist’s mecca, with lessons for Boston


Martine Powers, a Boston Globe reporter who was embedded for a week in Northeastern’s summer Dialogue of Civilizations program, gives her take on how the Netherlands created a mecca for cyclists. She says the Dutch have created better infrastructure, better cyclists and more bike-aware motorists. In essence, they’ve created a bicycling culture.

WBUR – Boston’s Housing Challenge: Affordability, Availability


WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer spoke with a panel of housing experts, including Barry Bluestone, director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, about Boston’s housing challenges.

From Suburb to Village Center: From Single-Family Home to Multi-Family Housing

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Keynoting the New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE) Conference in Boston in September 2013, Barry Bluestone discussed the need to consider how the demand for housing was changing dramatically in Massachusetts as the housing preferences of both younger and older residents are changing due to economic and social conditions. Download PDF

Intel will shut Mass. plant, cut 700 jobs


The world’s leading maker of computer chips is closing its only factory in Massachusetts, eliminating up to 700 high­paying manufacturing jobs in one of the largest job cuts to hit the state in recent years.

Intel Corp. said on Thursday that its plant in Hudson is using outdated technology to make older generations of computer chips used in low­end applications, which do not generate as much profit as its higher­end microprocessors that are used in PCs.

“The facility and the site do not meet the requirements that we need,” said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy.

Economist: MetroWest Towns Must ‘Create Destiny’


September 10, 2013  |  By Rick Saia  |  WBJournal Cities and towns in Massachusetts control more of their economic fate today, especially with less support from the federal and state governments, about 100 MetroWest business and government leaders were told this morning. And cutbacks from Washington are a part of the reason behind the recent […]

Barry Bluestone on Marketplace Business Radio: Building a bigger AFL-CIO

After decades of both declining numbers and political clout, the nation’s biggest labor federation is branching out. At the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles Monday, leaders opened the doors to millions of non-union workers with an invitation: “The AFL-CIO hereby invites every worker in the United States to join the labor movement” That’s right– the federation has opened […]

Barry Bluestone and Thomas Kochan on a fresh approach to improving student outcomes

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More than 950,000 kids are going back to public schools across the Commonwealth. The majority of them will be in school districts that rank among the best in the nation and they will benefit from another year of quality education from some of the most dedicated teachers anywhere. For others, however, particularly in low income […]

The Boston Globe – A Fresh Approach to Improving Student Outcomes – 9/3/13

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In this Boston Globe piece, Barry Bluestone of Northeastern’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and Thomas Kotchan of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, discuss their current and future work with the Massachusetts Education Partnership, which brings together the state’s two teacher unions, the state associations of school committees and school superintendents, and four education […]

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