The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2015

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Executive Summary:  Fifteen years ago, the newly founded Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University (now the Dukakis Center) published its first research on housing . Titled A New Paradigm for Housing in Greater Boston, it began with what would become prophetic words: . . . prosperity brings its own challenges . None […]

MEETING THE COMMONWEALTH’S WORKFORCE NEEDS: Occupational Projections and Vocational Education

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Introduction: In the 1960s, a well-known bumper sticker exclaimed “Don’t be a Fool. Stay in School.” Today, many argue that to succeed in the 21st Century workplace, one needs at least a four-year college education. To obtain many of the best paid jobs in the Commonwealth, there is truth in this statement. To compete with […]

Shaping the Cape’s Future


Introduction: Cape Cod, a peninsula off of the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, has a wealth of natural, historic, and cultural resources. These qualities make it a highly desirable place in which to live, work, vacation, and retire. Some consider the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to be part of Cape Cod but for the […]

The 2014-2015 Greater Boston Housing Report Card


With the core cities of Greater Boston attracting young millennials, and aging suburban baby boomers seeking housing more appropriate to their status as empty-nesters, smaller housing units in both urban and suburban areas are becoming fashionable. Yet Boston and the region’s core cities have an undersupply of multi- unit housing while suburban communities increasingly have an oversupply […]

Charlie Baker’s chance for tomorrow’s transportation


ANOTHER DAY in Massachusetts, another litany of transportation problems: packed subways in Boston; late commuter trains in the suburbs; clogged roadways, well, everywhere. Snarled traffic makes life miserable for residents, and, eventually, will threaten the state’s rebound from the recession.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Employment: 2010-2012


“Massachusetts, in the life sciences, has leapfrogged other states in the last six or seven years,” said Barry Bluestone, the director of Northeastern’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and a coauthor of the report.

What Makes Working Cities Work: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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Summary from Barry Bluestone: In this Issue Brief I introduce a measure that estimates the factors that influence firm location choice in U.S. cities. I then investigate which of these factors may best explain the variance in employment trends across a select set of Massachusetts municipalities: the small and mid-sized post-industrial Massachusetts cities that the […]

The Toll of Transportation: Latino Travel Needs in Massachusetts


Toll of Transportation: Research report showing how the inadequacy of public transportation in four major cities across Massachusetts takes a toll on Latino residents in terms of household finances, access to jobs, and general mobility.

What Makes Working Cities Work: Communities and Banking

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Cities and towns that fail to retain and attract business are prone to decline, distress, and poverty. Detroit is today’s most familiar example, but some formerly prosperous industrial cities in New England also are struggling with disinvestment and job loss. What can such communities do to boost their chances of an economic renaissance? Regions with […]

Mass. economy outpaces US in first quarter growth


Massachusetts’ economy grew at a good clip in the first three months of the year, even as economic growth nationally nearly ground to halt, according to state and federal economic reports released Wednesday.

The state’s economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between January and March, according to the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The national economy barely grew at all during that period, expanding at a rate of 0.1 percent after growing 2.6 percent at the end of last year, the US Commerce Department reported.

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