Dracut adopts aggressive strategy to build business

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By Todd Feathers | Lowell Sun  After years of agonizing about the town’s small commercial tax base and grasping sporadically for prospective businesses, Dracut is now working with a research-driven economic-development strategy. Its creators hope it help usher in a steady stream of new businesses, jobs and tax dollars. Many of the familiar problems still exist. The […]

Should police live where they patrol? Baton Rouge mulls residency rule

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By Christina Beck | The Christian Science Monitor After a fraught couple weeks for Baton Rouge, La., law enforcement, which saw protests after the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of police, as well as murder of three law enforcement officers, some city council members are contemplating changes in city residency requirements for officers. Two […]

Mass. employer confidence falls

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By Colin A. Young | State House News Service Amid uncertainty over global conditions and slowing domestic job growth, employer confidence fell in Massachusetts last month as companies took an increasingly bearish view of the U.S. economy, according to survey results released Monday. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ monthly business confidence index dipped 1.6 points to 56.1 […]

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.

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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 […]

Uncertainty chips away at Mass. business confidence

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By Colin A. Young | State House News Service Amid uncertainty over global conditions and slowing domestic job growth, employer confidence fell in Massachusetts last month as companies took an increasingly bearish view of the U.S. economy, according to survey results released Monday. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ monthly business confidence index dipped 1.6 points to […]

Uncertainty weakens business confidence

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By Christopher Geehern | aim blog A month of economic uncertainty punctuated by weak US job growth and the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the European Union drove Massachusetts employer confidence lower during June. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell 1.6 points to 56.1 as employers took an increasingly bearish view of the […]

Downtown View: Make No Little Plans

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By Karen Cord Taylor | NorthEndWaterfront.com Hey, Bostonians. Can we stop complaining about the Big Dig? Yes, it cost almost $15 billion. Yes, it took 15 years to complete. (It was a big job, moving all those utility lines and keeping the cars running overhead.) It was also worth every penny we spent on it. It […]

New Report Projects 80,000 More Cars On Boston Roads By 2030

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By New Hampshire Public Radio A significant increase in Boston’s population over the next fifteen years will put an inexorable burden on Boston’s suffocated roadways and inadequate public transport systems, necessitating a new transportation plan founded on “credibility and trust,” Rick Dimino, chief executive of A Better City, told Boston Public Radio on Wednesday. Dimino […]

Boston’s 2 Sides: How The City Can Have A Booming Innovation Economy And Widening Inequality

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By Anthony Brooks | WBUR Among the big themes of this year’s presidential campaign is the growing gap between America’s rich and its poor. The issue has provided fuel to Democrat Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. And it’s a theme that increasingly defines the city of Boston, with its booming innovation economy — and its growing number of people struggling at […]

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