Boston’s luxury housing boom slows down

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By Tim Logan | The Boston Globe The epic building boom that has added thousands of luxury housing units in the Boston area may have peaked, as a report to be released Tuesday by an influential foundation suggests the region has run out of customers willing to shell out huge sums in monthly rents. The […]

Housing Report Shows Strong Economy, But Growing Poverty

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By Alison Bruzek | WBUR A report out today from The Boston Foundation says the Greater Boston economy is booming — but the rising cost of living means that now, more than 16 percent of families are living in poverty. According to the annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card, income inequality in the region remains among […]

Report Finds Housing Permits Down In Greater Boston

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By Bob Oakes | WBUR A new report finds that after years of increases, there’s been a decline in the number of housing permits issued this year in Greater Boston, “especially in core cities and for multi-unit developments.” The report is the annual Boston Housing Report Card, from The Boston Foundation. Its lead author, Barry Bluestone, told […]

Building Bonanza of Luxury Apartments in Boston May Be at Peak

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By Jennifer Levitz | The Wall Street Journal Even as U.S. home prices hit a high in September, the building bonanza of luxury apartments in Boston, one of the nation’s hottest rental markets, may be peaking, according to a report released Tuesday. The number of permits issued for new housing units across Greater Boston is expected to fall sharply, […]

The Only Solution to the Traffic Mess: Cash

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By Thomas Grillo | The Daily Item If you think your commute is bad now, just wait a few years. That’s the verdict of a transportation study issued earlier this summer. Barry Bluestone, professor of public policy at Northeastern University, co-authored “State of the Built Environment,” a study that said an additional 117,000 commuters are expected […]

Harvard, janitors reach deal that may have ripple effect

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Deal could set bar for wages in other states By Katheleen Conti | Boston Globe In a span of just five months, thousands of low-wage union workers in Greater Boston have racked up victories against powerful institutions and employers, at a time when the discontent of the working class shaped the presidential election. The latest came […]

On the Road to ‘A Century of War’ w/ Sean Stone

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In this episode of Watching the Hawks, professor Barry Bluestone discusses globalization, the TPP, and Donald Trump. Watch the video here.

Where Trump won

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By Daily Express Staff We may attribute Donald Trump’s win to his dark, xenophobic messages, where the culprits are immigrants and minorities. But with the election tabulation coming to an end it is Hillary Clinton who is winning the popular vote. Thus, we would be wrong. We cannot say that Trump inspired racist sentiments. Racism […]

Employer Confidence Strengthens in October

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By BusinessWest Staff Confidence among Massachusetts employers rose for a second consecutive month during October, bolstered by a surprising improvement in the outlook among manufacturers and the continued strong performance of the state economy. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Business Confidence Index rose 0.3 points to 56.2 last month, 0.6 points higher than in […]

Nearly 2 in 5 Massachusetts employers predict adding jobs in next 6 months

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By Jim Kinney|Mass Live Massachusetts employers gained confidence in the economy in October, according to survey results issued Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a statewide business group. The state’s job market looked positive, according to the report. Nearly 39 percent of respondents reported adding staff during the past six months while 19 percent reported […]

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