Shaping the Cape’s Future

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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 […]

2014-2015 Greater Boston Housing Report Card

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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.

Architecture Boston – Who Will Occupy Boston? – Spring 2014

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In the Spring 2014 edition of Architecture Boston, Barry Bluestone joins Tamara Roy to discuss the current housing market in Boston and how future city leaders might address the growing inequality of housing prices within the City. Download PDF | Architecture Boston

Architecture Boston – Are We There Yet? – Spring 2014

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In the Spring 2014 edition of Architecture Boston, Stephanie Pollack discusses the need for a long-term plan that addresses Boston’s transportation needs. Download PDF | Architecture Boston

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