Mass. economy outpaces US in first quarter growth


Massachusetts’ economy grew at a good clip in the first three months of the year, even as economic growth nationally nearly ground to halt, according to state and federal economic reports released Wednesday.

The state’s economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between January and March, according to the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The national economy barely grew at all during that period, expanding at a rate of 0.1 percent after growing 2.6 percent at the end of last year, the US Commerce Department reported.

Overcrowded and at Risk: A way of life and, sometimes, death for student tenants


Director Barry Bluestone was interviewed as part of the ongoing Boston Globe coverage of overcrowding in Boston student neighborhoods. Read the full story here. Overcrowding and its health and safety side effects have taken a harsh toll on city neighborhoods. Today, in the triple-deckers, duplexes, and red-brick apartment complexes that surround the city’s biggest universities […]

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