Littleton’s economic development has strengths and weaknesses

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By Alexander Silva | Wicked Local Littleton Littleton is in a good position for economic development, according to Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. “I have not seen another community having more going for it positively than Littleton,” Bluestone said. Bluestone presented Littleton’s Economic Development Self Assessment Tool report to […]

Housing boom isn’t hitting Boston suburbs

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By Tim Logan | Globe Staff These are boom times for building in Greater Boston. But really only in parts of it. The epic surge in housing construction that is reshaping Boston and some of its immediate neighbors is largely bypassing many suburbs and the smaller cities that ring the region. And that, industry specialists […]

The Rent Is Too Damn High

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In honor of the launch of WGBH’s series on housing in Massachusetts, Block By Block, Boston Public Radio took a look at home ownership in our state. As housing costs surge and the economic landscape changes, how will the working and middle class keep up? GUESTS: Barry Bluestone Expert on housing, economic development and public […]

Mayor stresses need for ‘sense of urgency’ to face challenges in Braintree

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By Robert Aicardi | Wicked Local Braintree Those who attended the ninth annual business community breakfast hosted by the Braintree Chamber of Commerce, which launched in January 2013 under the umbrella of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, received food for thought along with food provided by Fasano’s Catering. “As someone once said, I would rather […]

Economy grew faster in Mass. than in US for first quarter

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe While the US economy limped through the first quarter, posting the slowest pace of growth in two years, the state’s economy kicked into higher gear. The Massachusetts economy grew by 2.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016, the University of Massachusetts reported Thursday, up from 1.4 percent in the […]

Vocational High Schools Make Pitch As Solution To Mass. Workforce Woes

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By Mike Deehan | WGBH News One of the hottest debates on Beacon Hill and in Boston City Hall is over public school funding. Teachers and students want more from their communities and those communities want more aid from the state. There’s also the matter of adding more charter schools to the mix and how to fund […]

Are Boston Rents Slowing?

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A new housing report from real estate firm REIS says monthly rents in Boston increased by just .1 percent in the first quarter of this year. After five years of increases, the slowdown appears to be good news. Yet, the average apartment in Greater Boston still rents for over $2,000 a month. It turns out, if you […]

State jobless rate hits 4.5%, lowest in nearly 15 years

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By Deirdre Fernandes | Globe Staff The state’s unemployment rate in February dropped to its lowest point in nearly 15 years, as the Massachusetts economy continued to expand. The Massachusetts unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, the lowest since December 2001, as employers added 13,300 jobs in February, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said […]

Why Aren’t Millennial Wages Growing?

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Brendan Duke, associate director of economic policy at the Center for American Progress. Author of the new report, “When I Was Your Age: Millennials and the Generational Wage Gap.” (@brendan_duke) Alicia Sasser Modestino, professor of economics and public policy at Northeastern University. (@SasserModestino) Center for American Progress: When I Was Your Age — “By all […]

Mass. Senate Committee Crafts Plan To Address Housing ‘Crisis’

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By Simón Rios | WBUR A special committee of the state Senate is calling for action on a slate of issues that add up to what they say is a housing crisis facing Massachusetts. “Across the commonwealth, low rates of housing production have not kept pace with population growth and need,” said state Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry. The Democrat, […]

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