Buffalo Exchange: Retrofitting a Rust Belt capital

Catherine Tumber

During the winter of 2014, at roughly the same time, two projects laying claim to the future were unveiled in Buffalo, New York. One was Buffalo State College’s proposal to offer the world’s first PhD program in Creativity Studies. The other was a state plan to build facilities for two “green” manufacturers of LED lights and solar panels on the former site of Republic Steel.

Gloucester development: strengths, needs

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As far as city websites go, Gloucester’s fails — at least according to one Northeastern professor and economist.

More Proof That Graduating in the Recession Was Awful

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“Employers were able to get that college-educated worker on the cheap,” said Alicia Sasser Modestino, a Northeastern University professor and the paper’s lead author.

Boston housing market working to match supply and demand

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Demand for housing in Boston is currently out of line with supply, according to the 12th annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card of 2014-2015, released Tuesday by The Boston Foundation.

Economist targets Rockport strengths, needs

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Parking, traffic, and a slow permitting process may be scaring businesses away from Rockport, professor and noted economist Barry Bluestone told residents and business leaders Thursday night.

Mass. jobless rate falls to 4.9%

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Massachusetts employers added a net 800 jobs in February, after increasing payrolls by 900 jobs in January.

Measuring Inequality Trends During the Great Recession

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Before 1960, there wasn’t much academic or public policy interest in inequality. The focus instead was on poverty, especially among the elderly and in urban slums and rural areas.

Welcome to Chelsea, the new ‘it’ zip

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FINDING THE new up-and-coming neighborhood in and around Boston is great sport for prospective residents and real estate professionals alike. What used to pass for criteria to move in — good schools, safe streets, and leafy parks — now requires a bit more. Today’s urban dweller wants doggie daycare, yoga studios, and a hip WiFi-enabled coffeehouse. Throw in some converted lofts, great views of the city, and — boom — the next new “it” zip code.

Schools’ wait lists called a drag on the economy

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Manufacturers face even worse labor shortages as baby boomers retire. A 2012 Northeastern study estimated that more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs would become available in the state over the next decade.

Job market red hot for those with the right skills

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“The job picture looks better than it has in a while,” said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economist at Northeastern University. “But you have to have the right skills. That’s the key. You have to have the right skills.”

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