Barry Blue­stone is director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at North­eastern University:

It’s not just a symbol; the luxury high rises. What is hap­pening in Boston, almost more than any other city with maybe the excep­tion of  San Fran­cisco and New York,  is that housing is becoming the kind of deter­mining factor in the polar­izing of the city,” Blue­stone said.

Blue­stone, a polit­ical econ­o­mist , is the author of the The Great U-​​turn, which exam­ines income inequality.

You have wealthy people, many of them empty-​​nesters who were able to sell a big home in the sub­urbs who made money in finan­cial ser­vices or in high-​​tech or what­ever and saying ‘I’d like to live down­town’ and they’re able to buy $5 mil­lion condos,” Blue­stone said. “You also have some poorer people in the city who are able to be in public housing or they get Sec­tion 8 vouchers. What we’re losing is the whole work­force, the middle income and working income families.”

 

Read the article at WGBH →