City Hall is always above average — if you ask City Hall

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By Meghan E. Irons | Boston Globe own CityScore. Miami, Providence, and South Bend, Ind., have volunteered to test the system, officials said. Steve Fox, a longtime South End resident who chairs the South End Forum, said he is very familiar with CityScore and credits the city with being extremely responsive to calls neighborhood residents make […]

Local control on the line amid Biogen takeover speculation

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By Robert Weisman | The Boston Globe It’s happened before. For many in the Massachusetts biotech community, the buyout buzz surrounding Biogen Inc. has revived vivid memories of other homegrown heavyweights, notably Genzyme Corp. and Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc., being snapped up by out-of-state pharmaceutical giants. A purchase of Biogen — which was approached by Merck & […]

Mass. economy outperforming US with steady growth

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy kept steady in the second quarter of the year, despite lagging consumer spending, slowing growth elsewhere in the world, and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the University of Massachusetts reported Friday. The state’s economy grew at an annual rate of 3 percent, a […]

Hunting for a starter home in Greater Boston? Good luck.

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By Michael Bodley | The Boston Globe Greater Boston is running out of starter homes. Many communities in Eastern Massachusetts often have just a handful of homes for sale for less than $500,000, and inventory has been shrinking rapidly in recent months. While the region has long struggled with a shortage of properties across the range of […]

Is Boston ready for climate change?

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By Joan Fitzgerald   | The Boston Globe Last week’s Boston Globe story indicating that Boston will experience more flooding sooner than thought due to climate change came as no surprise. Scientists monitoring the ice sheet in the Arctic and Greenland noted that it was melting faster than predicted in April. But, is Boston doing enough to […]

Summer jobs boost employment skills, academic aspirations, study finds

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By Katie Johnston | The Boston Globe Summer jobs aren’t just a way for teens to earn extra cash and stay out of trouble. They also improve job readiness skills, lead to greater academic aspirations, and build stronger community connections, especially among youth of color, according to a new study out by the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

Report: Boston Congestion to Increase by 2030

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By John Moroney | NECN Greater Boston is on the move with construction on almost every corner, raising the question: is the region prepared to handle all this new growth? “A Better City,” a Boston business group, released its findings regarding what the metropolitan area will look like in 2030 and what kind of infrastructure […]

Boston’s 2 Sides: How The City Can Have A Booming Innovation Economy And Widening Inequality

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By Anthony Brooks | WBUR Among the big themes of this year’s presidential campaign is the growing gap between America’s rich and its poor. The issue has provided fuel to Democrat Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. And it’s a theme that increasingly defines the city of Boston, with its booming innovation economy — and its growing number of people struggling at […]

New Report Projects 80,000 More Cars On Boston Roads By 2030

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By Audrey Falk | WGBH A significant increase in Boston’s population over the next fifteen years will put an inexorable burden on Boston’s suffocated roadways and inadequate public transport systems, necessitating a new transportation plan founded on “credibility and trust,” Rick Dimino, chief executive of A Better City, told Boston Public Radio on Wednesday. Dimino and […]

Report says major infrastructure fixes needed to support Greater Boston population growth

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By Bob Oakes | WBUR Between 2010 and 2030 the population of Greater Boston is expected to grow by 10.5 percent. In that same period, a sizable jump in workers between the ages of 25 and 44 is expected — along with a much bigger jump in people over the age of 64. An economic report released […]

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