WGBH – Marty Walsh: I Won’t Be As ‘Hands-On’ As Menino On Development – 10/17/13


By Sarah Birnbaum One way to see the vision of Boston Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh is to put a map in front of him. Not just any map, but a map of the city he hopes to lead. So last Sunday, on a day when Boston sports fans were euphoric over the Patriots and Red […]

The Herald News – Record numbers of homeless being housed in motels – 10/16/13

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By Chris Burrell The number of homeless families being sheltered in motels paid for by the state has soared to a record-setting 2,038, an increase of 66 percent statewide since May. State officials promised in January to phase out the controversial practice of putting homeless families in local motels when shelters are full, but the […]

The Boston Globe – Research misread in debate over car-free housing – 10/16/13


IN THE continuing debate over no-parking housing in Boston, Stanley Spiegel’s Oct. 11 letter cites my research at Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy but draws precisely the wrong conclusion from our work (“Even with nearby transit options, car keys will be jingling”). The research found that in half of neighborhoods newly served by transit, […]

The Boston Globe – A Boston of rich and poor, with no middle class – 10/15/13


By Paul McMorrow Scores of homeowners remain stuck in the foreclosure morass, haggling with banks and fighting to stave off eviction in the housing bubble’s long hangover. For those not battling banks over soured mortgages, though, the foreclosure crisis has passed. It’s been replaced by a familiar malady: Greater Boston’s longstanding housing affordability crunch. According to […]

The Boston Globe – A cyclist’s mecca, with lessons for Boston


Martine Powers, a Boston Globe reporter who was embedded for a week in Northeastern’s summer Dialogue of Civilizations program, gives her take on how the Netherlands created a mecca for cyclists. She says the Dutch have created better infrastructure, better cyclists and more bike-aware motorists. In essence, they’ve created a bicycling culture.

Intel will shut Mass. plant, cut 700 jobs


The world’s leading maker of computer chips is closing its only factory in Massachusetts, eliminating up to 700 high­paying manufacturing jobs in one of the largest job cuts to hit the state in recent years.

Intel Corp. said on Thursday that its plant in Hudson is using outdated technology to make older generations of computer chips used in low­end applications, which do not generate as much profit as its higher­end microprocessors that are used in PCs.

“The facility and the site do not meet the requirements that we need,” said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy.

Economist: MetroWest Towns Must ‘Create Destiny’


September 10, 2013  |  By Rick Saia  |  WBJournal Cities and towns in Massachusetts control more of their economic fate today, especially with less support from the federal and state governments, about 100 MetroWest business and government leaders were told this morning. And cutbacks from Washington are a part of the reason behind the recent […]

Barry Bluestone on Marketplace Business Radio: Building a bigger AFL-CIO

After decades of both declining numbers and political clout, the nation’s biggest labor federation is branching out. At the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles Monday, leaders opened the doors to millions of non-union workers with an invitation: “The AFL-CIO hereby invites every worker in the United States to join the labor movement” That’s right– the federation has opened […]

Listen to Barry Bluestone on Radio Boston: Concerns The Hot Mass. Housing Market Is A New Bubble


Listen to the full broadcast here. The housing market is heating up in Massachusetts. Many real estate watchers say homes are being snapped up days or even hours after hitting the market, often above asking price and without conditions such as a home inspection. Some buyers say they have been boxed out of buying homes […]

Boston bombing suspect’s fate: Column


By James Alan Fox | USA Today Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to appear in federal court today for his arraignment, and some victims and their families are expected to attend. When the 30-count indictment against him was announced last month, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz indicated that the 19-year-old defendant, if convicted of murdering three […]

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