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Rents are rising and individuals and families are spending more each month on housing, forcing tough choices between shelter and essentials, such as food and medicine. While local programs offer some assistance, the federal government has no appetite for addressing the crisis in affordable housing, and experts say without a coordinated national effort, the crisis will deepen.

Halifax: Town Receives Economic Advice

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Halifax town officials, residents and business owners attended an economic presentation given Tuesday night at Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

Insider View: It’s time to greenlight Don Chiofaro’s harbor-garage project

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Chiofaro’s vision of how to make private developments open to the public should serve as a model for Boston. Northeastern University Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Barry Bluestone, explains why.

Empty-nesters opting for city life, comfort

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Boosting the city’s population of residents without school-age children could also weaken support and investment in Boston schools and educational programs while at the same time increase demand for senior services in cities, say some experts. “Why am I paying such high property tax to send others to schools?” said Barry Bluestone, an author of the Boston Foundation report and director of Northeastern’s Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

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.

Frank Joyce receives Waltham chamber’s Community Achievement Award

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Joyce received a plaque in front of the approximately 350 people gathered for the Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon. Barry Bluestone, Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy at Northeastern University, gave the keynote address.

Editorial: Population study a call to action for our communities

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In two separate presentations last month, Northeastern University professor and noted regional economist Barry Bluestone addressed community and business leaders in both Rockport and Gloucester, outlining his Rockport findings and updating data for a Gloucester economic study.

Boston 2024 bid officer presents Olympic case

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Boston 2024 chief bid officer Erin Murphy explained why the city should host the Summer Olympics on Wednesday night at North­eastern, saying that the Games rep­re­sent a huge eco­nomic oppor­tu­nity for Massachusetts.

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.

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