Bluestone, CHTF Honored By B’nai B’rith Housing


By Banker & Tradesman staff Northeastern University professor Barry Bluestone and the Commonwealth Housing Task Force were honored by B’nai B’rith Housing on Tuesday evening for their commitment to affordable housing in Greater Boston. Bluestone, founder of Northeastern’s Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, is both advocate and analyst. With others […]

Housing, Education, Transportation Dominate Economic Outlook Talks


By  Laura Alix | Banker & Tradesman The Massachusetts economy is strong and vibrant, but the state needs serious investments in its infrastructure – and transportation in particular – to support projected growth in the years ahead. That was a major consensus to come out of a panel discussion last week among three regional chambers […]

Hillary Clinton’s Urban Agenda


Her ambitious plan for cities would build on her husband’s legacy. How much of it could she get done? By Erick Trickey | Next City When Hillary Clinton spoke in Harlem in February, she barely used the words “urban” or “cities,” but she laid out one of the most ambitious urban agendas of any modern presidential […]

Stagnant wages hits home in Lynn

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By Thomas Grillo | The Daily Item LYNN — Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 15 years, the number of Lynn homeowners facing foreclosure grew by nearly 24 percent since January as families continue to struggle to pay their mortgage, according to The Warren Group, the Boston-based real estate tracker. Lenders filed 161 petitions to foreclose, […]

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


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 […]

A Case For Smart Growth Legislation As A Complement To Chapter 40B


By Susan Gittelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman Housing costs and housing affordability are on everyone’s mind in Massachusetts. Whether you are trying to put down roots, hire an employee, or stay more closely connected with grandchildren on something other than Skype, you know that we desperately need a lot of new places to live in the commonwealth. The biggest obstacle […]

Squeezed: Funders Grapple with Affordable Housing in a Pricey City

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By Alyssa Ochs | Inside Philanthropy According to Citizens for Adequate Housing, Massachusetts’ housing wage (the minimum hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment) is $24.08, which is 282 percent above the state’s minimum wage of $8.50 and well above the national average of $18.62. Those numbers explain why the family shelters here are full. Over […]

Foreclosures continue climb in Lynn

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By Thomas Grillo | The Daily Item The number of homeowners facing foreclosure in Lynn grew by nearly 30 percent this year as the economic recovery continues to elude many local families, according to The Warren Group, the Boston-based real estate tracker. Lenders filed 105 petitions to foreclose, the first step in the foreclosure process, from January […]

Hunting for a starter home in Greater Boston? Good luck.


By Michael Bodley | The Boston Globe Greater Boston is running out of starter homes. Many communities in Eastern Massachusetts often have just a handful of homes for sale for less than $500,000, and inventory has been shrinking rapidly in recent months. While the region has long struggled with a shortage of properties across the range of […]

Boston’s centric boom hurts those caught in the middle


By Drake Pena | Boston Agent Magazine In many parts of Beantown, real estate is booming. Despite that, many of Boston’s middle-class residents are finding it harder and harder to seek out affordable places to live, according to a recent Boston Globe article. “Nobody has figured out how to build housing the middle class can afford,” said […]

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