I think that unless we can find a way to solve our housing problem, we cannot solve the income inequality problem,” said Barry Blue­stone, an econ­o­mist at North­eastern University’s Dukakis Center. “Because if you think about income inequality, it’s not just, ‘Do you have a high income or a low income,’ it’s ‘How much does that income buy you?’ And so the real problem in Boston is not only do we have the fourth-​​highest degree of income inequality but we have the second or third highest cost of living.”


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