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 […]

Mayor Walsh announces reform for Boston Redevelopment Authority

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By Lavanya Prabhakar | The Daily Free Press In an effort to establish trust in city planning, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced a plan Tuesday to reform the identity of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, according to a Tuesday press release. “This initiative will establish an identity, mission, and values for the organization that are reflective of the Walsh Administration’s commitment to smart and […]

This City Wants to Create a Village for Millennials

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By Kerry Close | Money In Boston, it takes a village to cope with pesky millennials. While students and young professionals between the ages of 20 and 34 have increased the city’s economic prosperity, they’ve also driven up real estate prices by 95% between 2009 and 2015, a new report from a Massachusetts State Senate committee argues. […]

Report urges housing reform in Mass.

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By Katie Lannan Arguing for the need for a “revolution in housing production” to keep pace with demand, a report released this week by a Senate committee recommends 19 proposals taking aim at everything from foreclosures, gentrification, homelessness, preservation and rehabilitation, production, public housing, support services, zoning and housing models. Along with support for housing-related […]

Mass. Senate Committee Crafts Plan To Address Housing ‘Crisis’

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By Simón Rios | WBUR A special committee of the state Senate is calling for action on a slate of issues that add up to what they say is a housing crisis facing Massachusetts. “Across the commonwealth, low rates of housing production have not kept pace with population growth and need,” said state Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry. The Democrat, […]

Senate panel recommends “Millennial Villages” and other housing reforms

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By Katie Lannan | State House News Service Arguing the need for a “revolution in housing production” to keep pace with demand, a report released Thursday by a Senate committee recommends 19 proposals taking aim at everything from foreclosures, gentrification, homelessness, preservation and rehabilitation, production, public housing, support services, zoning and housing models. Along with support […]

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