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 […]

If you think Boston is crowded now, just wait

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By Jon Chesto | The Boston Globe A sea of brake lights on the Southeast Expressway. Rush-hour madness to squeeze onto a Red Line train. Long lines at Logan International Airport. Those are already familiar scenarios to many local commuters. But if you think getting in and around Boston is tough right now, just wait 15 […]

Marlborough: City awarded $5K Community Compact grant

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By Jeff Malachowski | MetroWest Daily News Through the state’s Community Compact program, the city recently received a $5,000 grant to work with the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy to evaluate Marlborough’s economic competitiveness. Established by the Baker/Polito administration, the Community Compact program is a statewide initiative enabling communities to implement best practices […]

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 […]

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