Littleton’s economic development has strengths and weaknesses

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By Alexander Silva | Wicked Local Littleton Littleton is in a good position for economic development, according to Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. “I have not seen another community having more going for it positively than Littleton,” Bluestone said. Bluestone presented Littleton’s Economic Development Self Assessment Tool report to […]

Economic-development Analyst: There’s lots to like about Littleton

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By Melissa Hanson | Lowell Sun While the town has a list of areas it could improve to increase economic development — like the lack of sewer in the town center and a permitting process that can be time consuming — it is already doing better than other state municipalities in economic development, according to an […]

Housing boom isn’t hitting Boston suburbs

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By Tim Logan | Globe Staff These are boom times for building in Greater Boston. But really only in parts of it. The epic surge in housing construction that is reshaping Boston and some of its immediate neighbors is largely bypassing many suburbs and the smaller cities that ring the region. And that, industry specialists […]

The Rent Is Too Damn High

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In honor of the launch of WGBH’s series on housing in Massachusetts, Block By Block, Boston Public Radio took a look at home ownership in our state. As housing costs surge and the economic landscape changes, how will the working and middle class keep up? GUESTS: Barry Bluestone Expert on housing, economic development and public […]

Mayor stresses need for ‘sense of urgency’ to face challenges in Braintree

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By Robert Aicardi | Wicked Local Braintree Those who attended the ninth annual business community breakfast hosted by the Braintree Chamber of Commerce, which launched in January 2013 under the umbrella of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, received food for thought along with food provided by Fasano’s Catering. “As someone once said, I would rather […]

US housing crunch: The price isn’t right

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By Jessica Mendoza | The Christian Science Monitor Anna Slavicek refuses to leave the Mission. As escalating housing costs drive her fellow teachers out of San Francisco, Ms. Slavicek stays put, determined to remain in the historic neighborhood where she has lived and taught for 22 years. To make rent, she shares a two-bedroom apartment with two […]

Vocational High Schools Make Pitch As Solution To Mass. Workforce Woes

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By Mike Deehan | WGBH News One of the hottest debates on Beacon Hill and in Boston City Hall is over public school funding. Teachers and students want more from their communities and those communities want more aid from the state. There’s also the matter of adding more charter schools to the mix and how to fund […]

Are Boston Rents Slowing?

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A new housing report from real estate firm REIS says monthly rents in Boston increased by just .1 percent in the first quarter of this year. After five years of increases, the slowdown appears to be good news. Yet, the average apartment in Greater Boston still rents for over $2,000 a month. It turns out, if you […]

Lester Thurow, an Economist Ahead of His Time

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By Robert Kuttner | The American Prospect Lester Thurow, one of the leading economists to challenge American inequality before that view became fashionable, died last week at 77. He spent most of his career at MIT, where he also served as dean of the Sloane School of Management between 1987 and 1993. Born in Montana, he […]

Educators, employers laud state plan to boost voke school funding

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By Trisha Thadani | Special to the Telegram & Gazette Lawmakers joined with education advocates Tuesday in support of Gov. Charles D. Baker Jr.’s plan for funding the state’s public vocational technical schools, which are lauded as potential job creation engines but must waitlist thousands of students each year. Former Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray said […]

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