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Rents are rising and individuals and families are spending more each month on housing, forcing tough choices between shelter and essentials, such as food and medicine. While local programs offer some assistance, the federal government has no appetite for addressing the crisis in affordable housing, and experts say without a coordinated national effort, the crisis will deepen.

Halifax: Town Receives Economic Advice

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Halifax town officials, residents and business owners attended an economic presentation given Tuesday night at Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

Insider View: It’s time to greenlight Don Chiofaro’s harbor-garage project

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Chiofaro’s vision of how to make private developments open to the public should serve as a model for Boston. Northeastern University Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Barry Bluestone, explains why.

Empty-nesters opting for city life, comfort

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Boosting the city’s population of residents without school-age children could also weaken support and investment in Boston schools and educational programs while at the same time increase demand for senior services in cities, say some experts. “Why am I paying such high property tax to send others to schools?” said Barry Bluestone, an author of the Boston Foundation report and director of Northeastern’s Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

PRICED OUT: Medford becoming increasingly unaffordable

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Barry Bluestone, director of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, said renters with high housing cost burdens scrimp on everyday basics, such as food, clothing, medicine and childcare.

State remains strong in medical-gear field

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By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey | The Boston Globe | May 6, 2015 The Massachusetts medical-device industry maintained its position as second-biggest cluster in the country, even as it lost 5 percent of its workforce, according to a new report. The state continued to add companies, attract venture capital funding, and increase exports, said the analysis […]

What’s Keeping Teens Out of Work

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Such soft skills, as they are also known, are usually developed through job experience, creating a Catch-22 for young would-be workers, said Alicia Sasser Modestino, an economist at Northeastern University who studies hiring practices.

Frank Joyce receives Waltham chamber’s Community Achievement Award

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Joyce received a plaque in front of the approximately 350 people gathered for the Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon. Barry Bluestone, Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy at Northeastern University, gave the keynote address.

Buffalo Exchange: Retrofitting a Rust Belt capital

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During the winter of 2014, at roughly the same time, two projects laying claim to the future were unveiled in Buffalo, New York. One was Buffalo State College’s proposal to offer the world’s first PhD program in Creativity Studies. The other was a state plan to build facilities for two “green” manufacturers of LED lights and solar panels on the former site of Republic Steel.

Editorial: Population study a call to action for our communities

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In two separate presentations last month, Northeastern University professor and noted regional economist Barry Bluestone addressed community and business leaders in both Rockport and Gloucester, outlining his Rockport findings and updating data for a Gloucester economic study.

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