Soaring rents drain household budgets for millions of working people

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Renting has long been a temporary step toward home ownership or a permanent part of living on a tight budget.When people would sit down to work out a budget, devoting 25 percent or 30 percent of monthly income to rent was the “affordable” part of still paying the other bills and maybe saving a bit. But that calculation no longer works for millions of people.

What’s Keeping Teens Out of Work

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Such soft skills, as they are also known, are usually developed through job experience, creating a Catch-22 for young would-be workers, said Alicia Sasser Modestino, an economist at Northeastern University who studies hiring practices.

A very strange housing recovery in Mass.

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A year ago, it seemed nothing could stop the Massachusetts housing market recovery.

Barry Bluestone on “Shaping The Future of Cape Cod”

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According to the US Census, the population in Barnstable County is declining and the fastest losses are in the 25 to 44-age category. Between 2000 and 2010 nearly fifteen Thousand young adults left the Cape, a decrease of 26.8%. Barry Bluestone, Founding Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University talks about how they administered the Shape the Cape Survey.

Mass. leads nation in life sciences jobs, says report

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Massachusetts’ workforce has the nation’s highest concentration of jobs in biotechnology, medical technology, and other life sciences fields, according to a report released Wednesday.

Radio Open Source – Where’s Boston? waiting a new mayor…a new radio show – 12/19/13

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Barry Bluestone joins Radio Boston host Christopher Lydon and several other Bostonians with varying backgrounds and perspectives to discuss the City’s past and what they believe will be its future.

The Boston Globe – 5.2% Mass. jobless rate forecast in 2017 – 11/13/13

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Alan Clayton-Matthews discusses a recent job growth forecast he prepared for Massachusetts.

Rail~Volution 2013 Workshop On Measuring What Counts: Tools You Can Use to Evaluate Investments

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On October 21, 2013, Stephanie Pollack presented the eTOD Score Rating system at the Rail~Volution 2013 workshop on Measuring What Counts: Tools You Can Use to Evaluate Investments.

Stephanie Pollack advises MassDOT on Tunnel Maintenance

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Callahan Tunnel to close for three months By Martine Powers | Boston Globe | June 20, 2013 The Callahan Tunnel will close for construction for three months at the beginning of next year, capping a convergence of projects scheduled for early 2014 that some fear will create a perfect storm of gridlock. The 52-year-old tunnel, […]

Dukakis Center Compares Proposed Transportation Budgets

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Could the Senate plan provide common ground? CommonWealth | GABRIELLE GURLEY | April 11, 2013 THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE is preparing to vote on a transportation finance plan that is bigger than the $500 million House version Gov. Deval Patrick threatened to veto but still well below the $1 billion package the governor wanted. What’s unclear is whether the […]

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