Housing affordability worsening in Boston area, study says

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Young adults and their aging parents are engaged in an escalating and increasingly expensive struggle for one of Greater Boston’s scarcest resources: an affordable place to live.

Report: Tight Boston Housing Market Is Squeezing Out Renters — Especially Working Families

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WBUR | March 18, 2015 An annual report finds that the cost of housing in Greater Boston is soaring as the area simultaneously faces a serious housing shortage. The report’s most troubling finding is that there’s a major mismatch between the type of housing available and what’s needed in the city. Issued Wednesday morning by The Boston […]

Report Highlights Boston’s Escalating Housing Crisis

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WBUR | March 18, 2015 Here’s a fact: greater Boston is experiencing and urban renaissance. Also fact: greater Boston is experiencing an escalating housing crisis. Just how long can the two realities coexist before something has to give? Before the significant advances the region has made begin to slip away, simply because it’s too expensive […]

America’s Most Overpriced Cities In 2015

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Thanks to its plethora of universities, arts organizations, top-notch health care institutions, and strong start-up culture, Boston is a great place to build a career and life. Salaries in the metro area are relatively high, with a median family income of $87,317, 12th among the largest metros in the nation. In Boston, that high income level matters–because the one thing the area doesn’t offer residents is a cheap cost of living.

Editorial: Plans for Union Square in Somerville

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Mayor Joe Curtatone has supported the plan, saying it will relieve the city’s housing crunch. And he has support from experts. Barry Bluestone, director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, told the Journal that large apartment units will pull millennials away from renting in two- and three-family houses, displacing families.

Measuring Inequality Trends During the Great Recession

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Before 1960, there wasn’t much academic or public policy interest in inequality. The focus instead was on poverty, especially among the elderly and in urban slums and rural areas.

Telecommuting won’t fix snow woes

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Bluestone argued that telecommuting has been oversold and listed an array of jobs that can’t be done from the kitchen table. “Doctors are not yet ready,” he said, “to do emergency surgery by computer.”

BPR: Dukakis’ MBTA ‘Du’s’ and Don’ts, Ash Wednesday, And Joe Biden

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“We host Governor Mike Dukakis to get his take on the MBTA situation: What his administration did, and what the current stewards could be doing better.”

Hispanic areas lag in housing recovery

Hispanic communities were particularly vulnerable to unscrupulous lenders during the last housing boom and the hardest hit by the bust, experiencing the sharpest drop and slowest recovery in home values, according to a study to be released Monday.

Unsexy but tech-forward industries offer hope to middle class

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You won’t read many stories proposing Detroit, with its hollowed-out street grid and its much-publicized financial woes, as any kind of model for the 21st-century economy. The future is Facebook, not Ford, right?

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