Housing Report Shows Strong Economy, But Growing Poverty

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By Alison Bruzek | WBUR A report out today from The Boston Foundation says the Greater Boston economy is booming — but the rising cost of living means that now, more than 16 percent of families are living in poverty. According to the annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card, income inequality in the region remains among […]

Report Finds Housing Permits Down In Greater Boston

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By Bob Oakes | WBUR A new report finds that after years of increases, there’s been a decline in the number of housing permits issued this year in Greater Boston, “especially in core cities and for multi-unit developments.” The report is the annual Boston Housing Report Card, from The Boston Foundation. Its lead author, Barry Bluestone, told […]

How To Close Boston’s ‘Stubbornly Large’ Homeownership Gap?

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By Anthony Brooks, Alison Bruzek and Kassandra Sundt | WBUR Wealth and income disparities has been a major theme of the presidential campaign, and it’s a growing issue here in Boston. This week, as part of a national conversation with NPR called “A Nation Engaged,” we explore the challenge of creating economic opportunity for more Americans. When […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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