Empty-nesters opting for city life, comfort

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Boosting the city’s population of residents without school-age children could also weaken support and investment in Boston schools and educational programs while at the same time increase demand for senior services in cities, say some experts. “Why am I paying such high property tax to send others to schools?” said Barry Bluestone, an author of the Boston Foundation report and director of Northeastern’s Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

PRICED OUT: Medford becoming increasingly unaffordable

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Barry Bluestone, director of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, said renters with high housing cost burdens scrimp on everyday basics, such as food, clothing, medicine and childcare.

Modular building innovation could be the future of Boston

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By Mike Ross | The Boston Globe | April 6, 2015 AS I recently watched my 7-year-old nephew effortlessly assemble a fabulous building from Lego pieces, it gave me an idea about Boston’s housing needs. Maybe Boston officials and developers could learn something from him and those easy-to-use reusable blocks. The city must find more […]

It takes a ‘millennial’ village to get cheap housing in Boston

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By Dante Ramos | The Boston Globe | March 25, 2015 THE TERM “millennial village” conjures up funny images — think of a tiny hamlet where the natives live in thatched huts and communicate via Snapchat. But if a playful new name is what’s necessary to get cheap, compact housing built in Boston, then bring it […]

More Proof That Graduating in the Recession Was Awful

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“Employers were able to get that college-educated worker on the cheap,” said Alicia Sasser Modestino, a Northeastern University professor and the paper’s lead author.

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 […]

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.”

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