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 […]

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, […]

Report: Construction Costs Make It Prohibitive To Build Middle Class Housing Around Boston

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By Simón Rios, WBUR While Boston experiences a boom in luxury housing, construction costs have made it prohibitive to build housing for the middle class. That’s according to The Boston Foundation, which released its Greater Boston Housing Report Card for 2015 Friday. In most parts of the country, rising demand for housing results in increased production. […]

Report Warns Of Future Mass. Labor Shortage

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By Bob Oakes A new report out Monday predicts a severe labor shortage coming in Massachusetts — not because of a lack of highly educated workers, but because of a lack of workers with a vocational education. The report estimates the state’s community colleges and vocational schools will not be able to meet the job market’s […]

Wage Growth, Job Growth And The Ongoing Unemployment Puzzle

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By host Jane Clayson Job openings at a record high, but many unemployed are still stranded on the sidelines. We’ll take a big look at the American job market, American wages and more. It has been a long road back for the American job market. And although there are some bright spots – job openings […]

Majority Of Mass. Voters Want Economic Gains To Be Shared Evenly, WBUR Poll Finds

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Professor of Political Economy and Founding Director of the Dukakis Center, Barry Bluestone, PhD, explains the policy implications of the poll.

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 […]

Barry Bluestone on WBUR: Mayor Walsh’s Plan To Create More Than 50,000 Housing Units

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For many in Boston, housing is a huge challenge. From price to availability, finding a place where you want to live — and that you can afford — is tough. That there are simply too many people who want to live here and not enough places to meet that demand.

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