Westborough: Transportation summit asks how to improve public transit

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By Brad Avery | Wicked Local Framingham  An economic development group Tuesday kicked around ideas on how cities and towns can collaborate on improving public transportation in central Massachusetts and Greater Boston. Comprised of economic development professionals from the region and the 495/MetroWest Partnership, the group Boroughs+ is focused on solving the “Last Mile” problem – […]

GUEST COLUMN: How to Make Cambridge landlords even richer

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By Barry Bluestone July of this year marked an important milestone for all of metro Boston. It was the first time that the median selling price of a single-family residence equaled the price that prevailed in 2005 before the Great Recession and the bursting of the housing bubble. But of the 161 communities in the […]

Plymouth selectmen sign on to state’s Community Compact

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The selectmen signed a “Community Compact” with the state Tuesday night, with the hope it will translate directly into cash for important infrastructure projects.

Billerica officials developing strategies to acquire new businesses

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A town hall discussion was held on June 2 in Billerica about EDSAT (Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool) developed by Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy to see how well cities and towns compete with other communities on issues related to economic development.

Braintree population may rise 17 percent by 2030

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The population of Braintree is expected to keep going up and by 2030 could top 40,000, which would be 17 percent higher than it is today and 24 percent higher than it was in 2010, according to a recent study by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.

PRICED OUT: Medford becoming increasingly unaffordable

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Barry Bluestone, director of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, said renters with high housing cost burdens scrimp on everyday basics, such as food, clothing, medicine and childcare.

Wicked Local – Report: Saugus lagging in permit process, traffic – 3/28/14

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A slow, unwieldy permitting process, congested traffic and an unattractive business environment are all holding Saugus back from growth, according to a Northeastern University study.

Wicked Local – Assisted living complex coming to Easton – 3/20/14

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The town’s first assisted living complex will be ready to welcome its first residents in the fall of 2015.

Wicked Local – Smaller housing would attract younger population to Eastons – 3/6/14

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Barry Bluestone advises Easton on its current economic climate, discussing how the town can attract and retain a younger demographic.

Wicked Local – Marshfield Leaders Discuss Economic Future

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Municipalities benefit from having an idea how they are doing as places to live, work and play, according to urban development and public policy specialist, Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban Regional Policy.

On Monday morning, Bluestone led a breakfast meeting work session at The Tavern with local business leaders, town officials, public safety representatives and community leaders.

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