This report is the 11th in the series of annual “Greater Boston Housing Report Cards.” Like past report cards, this 2013 report probes Greater Boston’s housing landscape, keeping tabs on housing construction, home prices, and rents. It analyzes the relationship between the region’s economy, demography, and housing, and keeps track of federal, state and local […]
In 2012, the Dukakis Center conducted an evaluation of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative and the associated Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The analysis showed the policy has had a significant and positive economic impact on the state’s life sciences sector, and encourages lawmakers to continue to invest in and provide support to these industries. […]
November 14, 2012 — This morning the Dukakis Center along with the Boston Foundation released the 2012 Greater Boston Housing Report Card.
This report marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card. Each year since 2002, we have probed Greater Boston’s housing landscape, keeping tabs on housing construction, home prices and rents. We have analyzed the relationship between the region’s economy, demography and housing, and we have kept track of federal, state and local government policies that affect the region’s housing market. Year by year, we have reported on this vital sector of the region’s economy, based on the belief that providing decent housing for all at prices they can afford is not only a moral responsibility, but an economic necessity if the region is to retain its talent pool.
September 13 – The Dukakis Center released our latest report on the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts. Staying Power II is a follow-up study to our first study on the manufacturing sector conducted back in 2007. As with the first report, what our research found is that the manufacturing sector is more robust and resilient that […]
Stephanie Pollack | June 2012
Far less publicized than the recent bad news about the financial crisis at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has been some very good news: ridership is up. These additional riders, however, are filling the MBTA’s rush hour trains and straining the aging system’s capacity. This success brings with it even greater financial challenges: how will the MBTA serve its growing ridership?
Massachusetts and Greater Boston are not immune to the forces that are negatively affecting the nation’s economy as a whole. Moreover, the analysis in these pages also concludes that until we solve the housing crisis, the larger economic crisis impacting our state, region and country will not begin to abate. In past housing report cards […]
As in our previous seven annual reports, the 2010 Greater Boston Housing Report Card focuses on recent trends and patterns within the region’s housing market. However, in this one we explore in more depth a number of issues including the sharp rise in foreclosures, the continuing problem with rental affordability, the impact of Chapter 40B and […]
Maintaining Diversity In America’s Transit-Rich Neighborhoods: Tools for Equitable Neighborhood Change
Americans are increasingly using transit and showing more interest in living in transit-rich neighborhoods (TRNs). For neighborhood and equity advocates however, the good news is tempered by a growing concern about gentrification and displacement that may be occurring in TRNs. Our report is based on research that was designed to address this dilemma. Download Full […]
Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts, released in July 2008, is the initial Dukakis Center analysis on the condition of the manufacturing industry in the state. When the Dukakis Center published its major report on manufacturing in July 2008—Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts—few believed that manufacturing could rebound in the […]