The Boston Globe – A 21st-century bus system – 11/10/13


Stephanie Pollack discusses the HUBus concept that supplements MBTA buses and uses existing technology to offer commuters convenient experience. Download PDF | Boston Globe

Banker & Tradesman – Is There Another Housing Bubble on the Horizon? – 10/31/13

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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 […]

2013 Greater Boston Housing Report Card


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 […]

The Boston Globe – Research misread in debate over car-free housing – 10/16/13


Stephanie Pollack responds to Stanley Spiegel’s Oct. 11 letter citing Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy research on car-use for housing built near transit.   Download PDF | The Boston Globe  

eTOD Score: A Rating System for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development


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 […]

The Boston Globe – A Fresh Approach to Improving Student Outcomes – 9/3/13

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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 […]

Life Sciences Innovation as a Catalyst for Economic Development

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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. […]

The Boston Globe – Pair Revenue with Reform – 2/17/13

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Barry Bluestone was one of four correspondents for the Boston Globe to respond to Governor Patrick’s proposed tax increases. Bluestone argues in favor of the increase along with reform.   Download PDF | The Boston Globe – Rebuilding America’s Middle Class – 2/14/13

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In the wake of President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, Barry Bluestone offers a history of the decline the U.S. middle class and commentary on strengthening the middle class moving forward.   Download PDF |

2012 Greater Boston Housing Report Card


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.

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