Welcome to Chelsea, the new ‘it’ zip

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FINDING THE new up-and-coming neighborhood in and around Boston is great sport for prospective residents and real estate professionals alike. What used to pass for criteria to move in — good schools, safe streets, and leafy parks — now requires a bit more. Today’s urban dweller wants doggie daycare, yoga studios, and a hip WiFi-enabled coffeehouse. Throw in some converted lofts, great views of the city, and — boom — the next new “it” zip code.

Charlie Baker’s chance for tomorrow’s transportation

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ANOTHER DAY in Massachusetts, another litany of transportation problems: packed subways in Boston; late commuter trains in the suburbs; clogged roadways, well, everywhere. Snarled traffic makes life miserable for residents, and, eventually, will threaten the state’s rebound from the recession.

Add 600 empty units to ease soaring rents, expert says to query raised at roundtable

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A mere increase of 600 vacant rental units would be enough to push up Cambridge’s vacancy rate to quell the increase in housing costs in here, Northeastern economics professor Barry Bluestone said today in response to questions asked at Monday’s wide-ranging “roundtable” of the Planning Board and City Council.

Jay Ash could be the state’s economic secretary for all

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“Ash famously engineered a renaissance in Chelsea, which was in state receivership for much of the ’90s. But can he create any jobs? I’ll leave it to Barry Bluestone, an economics professor at Northeastern University, to answer that question.”

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 WBUR: Mayor Walsh’s Plan To Create More Than 50,000 Housing Units

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For many in Boston, housing is a huge challenge. From price to availability, finding a place where you want to live — and that you can afford — is tough. That there are simply too many people who want to live here and not enough places to meet that demand.

Alan Clayton-Matthews on worries of a slowing global economy

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Europe and China are among Massachusetts biggest export markets and the weakening of those economies could affect the state’s economic growth, said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economics professor and Northeastern University. Among the questions are whether Europe will slip back into recession and China’s overheated real estate market will end in a bust that would unsettle the global economy.

On Point with Tom Ashbrook: The New Blue Collar Jobs Of Tomorrow

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The new blue collar jobs. We’ll look at where they are and what it will take to get one.

Workforce Shortage Threatens Economic Path of Massachusetts

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By Andre Mayer | The AimBlog | 10.13.14 “The economy’s performance is much improved, and prospects are good that it will continue to improve,” Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics, told the New England Economic Partnership’s Outlook Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston last week. U.S. gross domestic product is expanding at […]

High rents and home prices may hinder development in Windham

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WINDHAM — A recent citizens’ survey conducted by Northeastern University indicated the town’s high rent and housing prices, as well as the shortage of public utilities, could prove a challenge when planning for future economic development.

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