Soaring rents drain household budgets for millions of working people

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Renting has long been a temporary step toward home ownership or a permanent part of living on a tight budget.When people would sit down to work out a budget, devoting 25 percent or 30 percent of monthly income to rent was the “affordable” part of still paying the other bills and maybe saving a bit. But that calculation no longer works for millions of people.

Presentation on Braintree’s future Wednesday night

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Barry Bluestone, a professor at Northeastern University, and Mayor Joseph Sullivan will share the findings of “Envision Braintree” at a community meeting Wednesday night.

“New website gathers data for transit geeks”

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Transit and urban planning wonks, rejoice: All the data on the neighborhoods around your favorite MBTA stations is now available online. A new website called tstation.info allows you to dig through the demographics surrounding transit stations, thanks to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy for Northeastern University. Tim Reardon, the assistant director of data services at the MAPC, said such data helps policymakers and developers make smart decisions.

Jobless rate plummets in Attleboro area

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More than 100,000 area residents now have jobs, causing local unemployment rates to plummet compared to a year ago. Dukakis Center Senior Research Associate Alan Clayton-Matthews, PhD explains why.

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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 […]

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