Tumber reviews new Jane Jacobs biography

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Catherine Tumber, senior research associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, wrote a review of a new biography of Jane Jacobs, a journalist, author and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. Tumber’s review, “The Neighborhood Activist as Prophet: How Jane Jacobs took on the planners—and how her legacy is […]

Town Poised for Development According to Report

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By Sue Ellen Woodcock | Winthrop Transcript When it comes to economic development in Winthrop there are strengths and weaknesses,  but there are also a number of people working to create the right atmosphere. Northeastern Professor Barry Bluestone, of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, presented the results of a study from 220-question survey filled […]

Why Trump’s deportation plan could damage the economy

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By Northeastern News A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research has found that undocumented immigrants are expected to contribute approximately $5 trillion to the U.S. economy over the next 10 years, roughly 3 percent of the gross domestic product. But documents released last week by the Department of Homeland Security show that […]

Professor Modestino’s research highlighted at Youth Employment Policy Forum

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By Boston PIC staff On Feb. 16, the PIC, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development hosted a Youth Employment Policy Forum. Mark Melnik of the UMass Donahue Institute and Alicia Sasser Modestino of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs presented findings from their respective research on trends in […]

More families are struggling with poverty in Boston’s affluent suburbs

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By Katie Johnston | The Boston Globe Many suburbs around Boston are known for their good schools, picturesque downtowns, and steady stream of residents commuting to well-paid jobs in the city. But interspersed in this idyllic landscape is a growing number of families struggling to get by. The number of low-income children in many affluent communities […]

Bakeries are booming, but bakers are in short supply

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe Our hunger for bread and muffins may be insatiable, but grocery stores, restaurants, and pastry shops are increasingly struggling to find one key ingredient: the bakers to make them all. Massachusetts technology firms and health care companies have been in the trenches of the talent war for years, offering […]

Voc-tech schools are a Mass. success story

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4,400 students are on waitlists; let’s expand schools that work By Tom Birmingham | Commonwealth Massachusetts vocational-technical high schools are like the person who toils for years, only to be termed an “overnight sensation” when he or she finally achieves recognition. For over a decade the schools have quietly compiled an impressive record, and the time has come […]

State economy appears to slow in the 4th quarter

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Expected federal fiscal policy may provide boost in 2017; labor supply a major constraint By Mass Benchmarks Massachusetts real gross domestic product grew at an estimated annual rate of 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 according to the MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index. Nationally, real gross domestic product grew at an estimated 1.9 percent […]

By the numbers

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The spike in ridership experienced by the MBTA since 2011, according to a new report by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. The report also says car ownership fell by 4 percent and miles driven declined by 2 percent during the same period in Boston […]

Massachusetts jobless rate continues to drop

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By Colin A. Young State | House News Service The Massachusetts economy added 6,600 jobs in December as the state’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend, hitting its lowest level in 16 years. The state’s total unemployment rate ticked down one tenth of a percentage point to 2.8 percent last month — the sixth straight […]

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