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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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