The Struggle To Find A Starter Home In A Luxury-Housing Market

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Local housing advocates have long warned that Massachusetts needs more development to meet the demands of first time homebuyers, yet most new construction is still aimed at the luxury market. Barry Bluestone joins WGBH News in their continuing FOCUS series, “Growing Pains,” to look the struggle to find a starter home in Boston.

Boston’s Vanishing Middle Class

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Ten miles from downtown Boston, Newton Centre sits at the crossroads of America’s upper-middle class.

At local cafés, business cards are exchanged and deals are made in the same space where European nannies meet to discuss life back home and caring for privileged infants here.

WGBH – Half-Billion-Dollar Brighton Development Part Of Changing Cityscape – 10/24/13

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Barry Bluestone, Director of the Dukakis Center, discusses the importance of building affordable, working-class housing amid development projects across the city.

WGBH – Marty Walsh: I Won’t Be As ‘Hands-On’ As Menino On Development – 10/17/13

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By Sarah Birnbaum One way to see the vision of Boston Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh is to put a map in front of him. Not just any map, but a map of the city he hopes to lead. So last Sunday, on a day when Boston sports fans were euphoric over the Patriots and Red […]

Listen to Barry Bluestone on Radio Boston: Concerns The Hot Mass. Housing Market Is A New Bubble

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Listen to the full broadcast here. The housing market is heating up in Massachusetts. Many real estate watchers say homes are being snapped up days or even hours after hitting the market, often above asking price and without conditions such as a home inspection. Some buyers say they have been boxed out of buying homes […]

Mass. Economist Predicts Slow Growth in 2013

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By Cristina Quinn | WGBH News | January 18, 2013  The jobs report released Thursday marked an end to the slow and moderate economic growth of 2012, as the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced that the unemployment rate rose to to 6.7 percent in December. That’s up from 6.6 percent in November […]

Racial Disparity Among Boston Commuters

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By Boston Public Radio Staff | WGBH News | November 26, 2012 Click HERE to listen. If you use the MBTA to commute to work, you know it can take a very long time to travel just a few miles. But, if you’re black, chances are your commute on the MBTA is longer than your […]

A Manufacturing Comeback in Massachusetts

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By CRISTINA QUINN | WGBH | August 3, 2012 According to Barry Bluestone, Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, there has been a recent increase in manufacturing employment and output. U.S. employers adding 163,000 jobs in July was a hopeful sign for many, including investors. Stocks rose on Wall Street […]

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