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09/20/17 - BOSTON, MA. - Ted Landsmark poses for a portrait on Sept. 20, 2017. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

By Molly Callahan | News@Northeastern Ted Landsmark’s current research draws upon efforts by cities to address demographic changes and racial inequities, resilience, gentrification and affordability, global economic needs and local education, waterfront development, re-branding through design, and data-driven management to better inform emerging urban planning strategies. He recently facilitated symposia on the implications of expanding autonomous vehicle uses, urban ecosystems involving […]

Professor Joan Fitzgerald on America’s Workforce Radio

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By America’s Workforce Radio On the broadcast today we had Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers(OFT), and she talked about her Tour to meet with Local Presidents and Janus Vs AFSCME! Our second guest was Professor Joan Fitzgerald, with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston, and […]

How Do Summer Youth Employment Programs Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes, and for Whom?

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By Alicia Sasser Modestino | Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Summer youth employment programs (SYEPs) are believed to have the potential to improve the behavioral, economic, and academic outcomes of the populations they serve, particularly for inner-city, low-income, and non-white youth. As part of an embedded randomized controlled trial, during the summer of 2015, I […]

Boston’s electric vehicle effort needs a jolt

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By Joan Fitzgerald | Boston Globe Boston has a car problem. Too many people commute by car. And because of air pollution regulations, we have run up against parking limits. A recent Boston Globe article suggests Boston should follow the lead of Amsterdam and Copenhagen in building underwater parking garages as part of the solution. […]

The Life-and-Death Consequences of Summer Jobs Programs

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And five other surprising takeaways from research into the programs that big-city mayors love to brag about. By Debra Bruno | Politico Since the 1960s, big-city mayors have touted the virtues of summer jobs programs for inner-city kids with almost religious faith. Paying a couple of thousand dollars to local businesses to give poor kids […]

Five Elevator Pitches for Bringing Amazon to Boston

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How some of the city’s brightest design and development experts would sell Jeff Bezos on Boston. By Chris Sweeney | Boston Magazine Amazon fever has swept the country. Earlier this month, Jeff Bezos announced that the company will invest $5 billion into a second headquarters, dubbed HQ2, which will eventually be home to 50,000 well-paid […]

Mike Dukakis: From brink of the presidency to a quiet life of significance

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By Thomas Farragher | Boston Globe It happened a lifetime ago, in the days when few people knew who Michael Dukakis was, and still fewer could imagine the life that spread out before him — the governorships, the bid for the White House, the career today as an academic eminence grise. But what he saw […]

In Massachusetts, jobs abound but wages lag

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By Jon Christian | Boston Globe Massachusetts has largely recovered the jobs it lost during the Great Recession, according to a report by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a research group in Boston. But for most workers, that economic growth hasn’t translated into increased wages — with the notable exception of the top 1 […]

Tilting at Windmills

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Why the green jobs promise is still unfulfilled By Joan Fitzgerald Cleveland has been trying to develop offshore wind turbines on Lake Erie since 2004. After many false starts, construction on a pilot program will start in 2018, helped along by Project Icebreaker, which will allow year-round production in the partly frozen lake. Should this six-turbine […]

Massachusetts economy surged in second quarter

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By Lauren Feiner | The Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy made a big comeback in the second quarter of 2017 after a disappointing start to the year. The state’s gross domestic product grew by 4 percent, compared to the national average of 2.6 percent over the same period, according to MassBenchmarks, a local economic service […]

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