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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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