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 […]

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.

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.”

Hispanic areas lag in housing recovery

Hispanic communities were particularly vulnerable to unscrupulous lenders during the last housing boom and the hardest hit by the bust, experiencing the sharpest drop and slowest recovery in home values, according to a study to be released Monday.

Unsexy but tech-forward industries offer hope to middle class

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You won’t read many stories proposing Detroit, with its hollowed-out street grid and its much-publicized financial woes, as any kind of model for the 21st-century economy. The future is Facebook, not Ford, right?

Signs favor optimism for the economy

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At the start of 2014, cold weather blanketed most of the country, chilling retail and auto sales, and dampening hiring. But the economy warmed after winter passed and heated up in the second half of the year as employers added hundreds of thousands of new jobs, consumers opened their wallets, and the stock market soared to new heights.

Mass. posts biggest monthly job gain in more than 3 years

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By Megan Woolhouse | The Boston Globe | December 19, 2014 Massachusetts posted its biggest monthly job gains in more than three years in November, another sign that an accelerating economic expansion is boosting employment across industries. The state’s employers added 13,500 jobs last month, the most since July 2011, according to the Executive Office […]

Governor Deval Patrick’s hits and misses

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The year is 2020, and Mitt Romney is speaking at the Republican National Convention. This time, he’s not accepting the presidential nomination, but rather his job is to eviscerate Deval Patrick’s record as governor. Romney ticks off the Democrat’s management lapses: a malfunctioning health insurance website, dead children under state care, scandal at a state lab.

Welcome to Chelsea, the new ‘it’ zip

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FINDING THE new up-and-coming neighborhood in and around Boston is great sport for prospective residents and real estate professionals alike. What used to pass for criteria to move in — good schools, safe streets, and leafy parks — now requires a bit more. Today’s urban dweller wants doggie daycare, yoga studios, and a hip WiFi-enabled coffeehouse. Throw in some converted lofts, great views of the city, and — boom — the next new “it” zip code.

Charlie Baker’s chance for tomorrow’s transportation

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ANOTHER DAY in Massachusetts, another litany of transportation problems: packed subways in Boston; late commuter trains in the suburbs; clogged roadways, well, everywhere. Snarled traffic makes life miserable for residents, and, eventually, will threaten the state’s rebound from the recession.

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