Are we creating the next housing bubble in Mass?

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By Jay Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe | June 30, 2o13 The housing recovery is only in its early stages in Massachusetts, but already there’s an eerie sense of déjà vu. The inventory of homes for sale is low. Bidding wars are breaking out. Prices are rising quickly. It’s a scenario that would be familiar […]

Barry Bluestone predicts impact of baby boomers on housing market

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Downsizing doomsday? Why some experts worry a mass sell-off of sprawling suburban homes could stall the housing market By Melissa Schorr | The Boston Globe | June 30, 2013 WITH BIDDING WARS heating up, construction booming, and mortgage rates still at historic lows, the housing market is finally on the rise — but a new problem might be […]

Life Sciences Center pays off in jobs, new tax revenues

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The Boston Globe | June 28, 2013 AS MANY other industries around them contracted, the biotech and medical-device sectors in Massachusetts added more than 8,000 jobs over the past five years. What’s more, while life-sciences employment nationwide increased 12 percent nationally since 2000, Massachusetts’ grew more than twice as fast. The state’s edge? The Massachusetts Life […]

Stephanie Pollack advises MassDOT on Tunnel Maintenance

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Callahan Tunnel to close for three months By Martine Powers | Boston Globe | June 20, 2013 The Callahan Tunnel will close for construction for three months at the beginning of next year, capping a convergence of projects scheduled for early 2014 that some fear will create a perfect storm of gridlock. The 52-year-old tunnel, […]

Big housing plans for smaller cities

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By Paul McMorrow | The Boston Globe | June 4, 2013 THE PEOPLE who built Malden City Hall did their best to imitate Boston’s more famous seat of municipal government. Malden’s charmless version of Government Center is even harder on the eyes, and the surrounding neighborhood, than Boston’s. A squat brick monolith with a leaky roof […]

Retiring Baby Boomers and Young Adults Want the Same Housing

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Home values in the Boston area increased by 6.7 percent in March By Jenifer B. McKim | Boston.com | May 28, 2013 Home values in the Boston area increased by 6.7 percent in March compared with the same time last year, according to data released Tuesday by the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, another indicator of […]

Rebuilding America’s middle class

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By Barry Bluestone | Boston.com | February 14, 2013 In his State of the Union address, President Obama asked us to consider how to rebuild America’s middle class. He talked about the need to bring manufacturing back to our shores, provide greater fairness in foreign trade, educate our workforce to compete in global markets, and train a […]

Massachusetts unemployment rate ticks up to 6.7 percent in December from November’s 6.6 percent

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By Megan Woolhouse | Boston.com | January 17, 2013 The Massachusetts unemployment rate ticked upward to 6.7 percent in December, the sixth month the rate has held steady or increased, state officials said Thursday. The state also added 7,500 jobs in December and about 51,000 jobs overall last year, the report said. That shows a state economy […]

Patrick poised to call for transportation tax hike

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By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | November 16, 2012 Nearly six years after a bipartisan commission sounded the alarm about a transportation system in a crisis so severe that it carried a shortfall of nearly $1 billion a year, Governor Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to solve the problem with a plan that […]

Massachusetts unemployment rate rises to 6.6 percent in October, up from 6.5 percent in September

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By Megan Woolhouse | Boston.com | November 15, 2012 Massachusetts’ employers added 7,900 jobs while the unemployment rate ticked higher for the fourth straight month to 6.6 percent in October, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday. While the state added jobs, it did not add enough to absorb the number […]

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