The Struggle To Find A Starter Home In A Luxury-Housing Market

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Local housing advocates have long warned that Massachusetts needs more development to meet the demands of first time homebuyers, yet most new construction is still aimed at the luxury market. Barry Bluestone joins WGBH News in their continuing FOCUS series, “Growing Pains,” to look the struggle to find a starter home in Boston.

Barry Bluestone on “Shaping The Future of Cape Cod”

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According to the US Census, the population in Barnstable County is declining and the fastest losses are in the 25 to 44-age category. Between 2000 and 2010 nearly fifteen Thousand young adults left the Cape, a decrease of 26.8%. Barry Bluestone, Founding Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University talks about how they administered the Shape the Cape Survey.

At 4.9 Percent, Mass. Economic Growth Outpaces U.S. In 2nd Quarter

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BOSTON — After a rough winter, the U.S. economy — and Massachusetts’ too — roared back in the second quarter 0f 2014.

A Long Look at Little Places: Micro-Apartment in Dorchester

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We know that micro-apartments are all the rage. They’re usually in the Seaport District for people too restless to lounge at home for an extended period of time. But these tiny towers of human slumber have been around in city life longer than we might consciously realize.

Spring rebound after harsh winter for Mass., US economies

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Megan Woolhouse | The Boston Globe | July 30, 2014 The Massachusetts economy shook off its winter doldrums and rebounded strongly in the spring, according to an analysis by the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The state’s economy expanded at annual rate of 4.9 percent in the three months from April through […]

Rising prices, falling rates give boost to jumbo loans

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The number of jumbo loans used for home purchases has skyrocketed in Massachusetts, as buyers take out bigger mortgages to pay for increasingly expensive homes. Lenders, from local banks to mortgage giants, say that at least 30 percent of their loans are now jumbos, compared with about 10 percent in recent years, fueled by a market where home prices in some communities have now surged past prerecession highs.

Bringing science to the people in Provincetown

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A reception before the event at Bubala’s by the Bay drew names such as musician Patty Larkin, Northeastern professor of political economy Barry Bluestone, Rice Polak Gallery owner Marla Rice, and founding executive director of Community Servings Dede Ketover.

Report details economic impact of school construction

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In the 10 years since the Massachusetts School Building Authority was created, the agency has distributed $10.5 billion to help build and renovate hundreds of schools to improve the quality of education around the state, but the funding also has played a significant role in creating jobs and generating tax revenue, a new report shows. The economic impact was particularly meaningful during the recent downturn, which hit the construction industry hard, according to the report, written by Alan Clayton-Matthews and Barry Bluestone of the Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Planning.

Mass. unemployment rate drops to 5.5%

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There was no shortage of good news in the Massachusetts jobs report for June, when unemployment dipped to 5.5 percent — its lowest rate in nearly six years — and when the growing number of people working in the state hovered at an all-time high.

Mass. Adds 3,700 Jobs In June; Jobless Rate Ticks Down To 5.5 Percent

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts economy added 3,700 jobs in June and the state unemployment rate ticked down 0.1 percentage point, to 5.5 percent, according to figures put out Thursday by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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