Bay Watch: What Connecticut Can Learn From Massachusetts’s Job Growth

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By Lydia Brown & Lucy Nalpathanchil | WNPR Labor pains and lessons from the north. As Connecticut comes to terms with recent job loss, Massachusetts emerges as a regional leader in statewide job recovery. This hour, we explore the latest job market trends and find out what Connecticut stands to learn from the Bay State. Are […]

Economists Forecast Strong 2017 In Greater Boston

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Melrose Named Hottest Market In Massachusetts By Jim Morrison | Banker & Tradesman The Greater Boston real estate market is on track for a strong finish this year and next year will bring more of the same, Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Realtor.com, told an audience of hundreds of real estate professionals at the Federal […]

The Massachusetts Economy and the Critical Importance of Skills Development

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On October 19, 2016, Senior Research Associate Barry Bluestone presented at the Northeastern University Career Counselors Consortium on Massachusetts economy. Download Presentation (PDF)

Boston’s luxury housing boom slows down

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By Tim Logan | The Boston Globe The epic building boom that has added thousands of luxury housing units in the Boston area may have peaked, as a report to be released Tuesday by an influential foundation suggests the region has run out of customers willing to shell out huge sums in monthly rents. The […]

Housing Report Shows Strong Economy, But Growing Poverty

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By Alison Bruzek | WBUR A report out today from The Boston Foundation says the Greater Boston economy is booming — but the rising cost of living means that now, more than 16 percent of families are living in poverty. According to the annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card, income inequality in the region remains among […]

Report Finds Housing Permits Down In Greater Boston

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By Bob Oakes | WBUR A new report finds that after years of increases, there’s been a decline in the number of housing permits issued this year in Greater Boston, “especially in core cities and for multi-unit developments.” The report is the annual Boston Housing Report Card, from The Boston Foundation. Its lead author, Barry Bluestone, told […]

Building Bonanza of Luxury Apartments in Boston May Be at Peak

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By Jennifer Levitz | The Wall Street Journal Even as U.S. home prices hit a high in September, the building bonanza of luxury apartments in Boston, one of the nation’s hottest rental markets, may be peaking, according to a report released Tuesday. The number of permits issued for new housing units across Greater Boston is expected to fall sharply, […]

The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2016

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Executive Summary: Nearly every year that the Dukakis Center has published its annual Housing Report Card, we have concluded that Greater Boston needs more — and more appropriate — housing to keep the market even marginally affordable for low-income residents, working families, and a growing segment of the middle class. The unifying theme of this, our 14th edition, is that in spite […]

Rising mortgage rates unlikely to dampen Boston real estate

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By Katheleen Conti | The Boston Globe Mortgage rates are on a post-election spike that some observers said marks the end of the historically low rates that homeowners and house hunters have been enjoying for the past five years. Rates for 30-year loans this week edged over 4 percent for the first time in 2016, […]

In Trump times, cities must lead on climate change

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By Joan Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed he would abandon the Paris Agreement, reverse President Obama’s climate initiatives, and bring back coal. As president-elect, he’s been more circumspect, but his appointment of climate-change denier Myron Ebell to head the transition at the EPA suggests he may try to make good on […]

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