Soaring rents drain household budgets for millions of working people

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Renting has long been a temporary step toward home ownership or a permanent part of living on a tight budget.When people would sit down to work out a budget, devoting 25 percent or 30 percent of monthly income to rent was the “affordable” part of still paying the other bills and maybe saving a bit. But that calculation no longer works for millions of people.

Presentation on Braintree’s future Wednesday night

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Barry Bluestone, a professor at Northeastern University, and Mayor Joseph Sullivan will share the findings of “Envision Braintree” at a community meeting Wednesday night.

Jobless rate plummets in Attleboro area

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More than 100,000 area residents now have jobs, causing local unemployment rates to plummet compared to a year ago. Dukakis Center Senior Research Associate Alan Clayton-Matthews, PhD explains why.

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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.

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