Real estate market rebounds north of Boston


First-time homebuyers George Tzelias and Ashley Makevich started their climb on the property ladder with high hopes. They wanted a home with at least three bedrooms, lots of land, and loads of charm.

Stephanie Pollack selected as MA Secretary of Transportation


On January 13th, Governor Charlie Baker announced that Stephanie Pollack would become the new Secretary of Transportation for Massachusetts. Stephanie was recruited to the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center in 2006 and soon assumed the role of Associate Director working alongside Director Barry Bluestone.  She headed up all of the transportation research projects at the Center […]

Signs favor optimism for the economy


At the start of 2014, cold weather blanketed most of the country, chilling retail and auto sales, and dampening hiring. But the economy warmed after winter passed and heated up in the second half of the year as employers added hundreds of thousands of new jobs, consumers opened their wallets, and the stock market soared to new heights.

Mass. posts biggest monthly job gain in more than 3 years


By Megan Woolhouse | The Boston Globe | December 19, 2014 Massachusetts posted its biggest monthly job gains in more than three years in November, another sign that an accelerating economic expansion is boosting employment across industries. The state’s employers added 13,500 jobs last month, the most since July 2011, according to the Executive Office […]

Governor Deval Patrick’s hits and misses


The year is 2020, and Mitt Romney is speaking at the Republican National Convention. This time, he’s not accepting the presidential nomination, but rather his job is to eviscerate Deval Patrick’s record as governor. Romney ticks off the Democrat’s management lapses: a malfunctioning health insurance website, dead children under state care, scandal at a state lab.

Welcome to Chelsea, the new ‘it’ zip


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


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


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


“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.


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

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