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 […]
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.
In the October 2013 edition of Banker & Tradesman, Barry Bluestone explains that through the first six months of 2013, the median selling price of a single-family home in the Boston region was up an average of seven percent over 2012 and many expect prices to continue to rise through the end of this year […]
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 […]
eTOD Score is a pilot version of a “rating system” designed to identify neighborhoods and districts with built, social, and transit attributes that reduce driving, encourage higher transit ridership, and promote transit equity and accessibility. Unlike rating systems for individual TOD projects, this proposed eTOD Score rating system seeks to measure the capacity for equitable TOD within […]
In this Boston Globe piece, Barry Bluestone of Northeastern’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and Thomas Kotchan of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, discuss their current and future work with the Massachusetts Education Partnership, which brings together the state’s two teacher unions, the state associations of school committees and school superintendents, and four education […]