Economy

The next Kendall Square?

The next Kendall Square?

Harvard tries its hand at innovation on Boston side of the Charles

AFTER YEARS OF DELAYS and then years of planning, something big is starting to happen on the Boston side of the Harvard University campus. Out behind the stately Harvard Business School, across Western Avenue, is a big, sprawling space filled with gravel, dirt, and crumbling pavement. It’s not much to look at right now, but(...)

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Sandwich shop struggling on Boston Common

Sandwich shop struggling on Boston Common

Outdoor seating and seasonal opening make rough go for chain

THE EARL OF SANDWICH is struggling financially at its Boston Common restaurant location, with losses mounting and revenues declining. The city of Boston hasn’t taken a hit—rental payments to the city are a flat $50,000 a year, not a percentage of sales—but the deteriorating financial situation raises concerns about whether the restaurant chain will stick(...)

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The income-growth challenge in Gateway Cities

Wage stagnation has hit mid-sized cities particularly hard.

IT’S POSSIBLE FOR an economy to grow in ways that expand opportunity and promote broadly shared prosperity. We know that’s possible because it’s exactly what happened in the United States in the three decades after World War II. Each year, the economy grew at a strong clip and incomes grew for low, middle, and high-income(...)

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Addressing hunger at Bunker Hill CC

Addressing hunger at Bunker Hill CC

Not just feeding a need to learn

Microphilanthropy is an occasional feature that calls attention to small acts of generosity that people do for the benefit of others and highlights little-known needs that could benefit from generosity, even on a small scale. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF the student body at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown are not surprising for a large urban(...)

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Boston garage sale stirs worries

Boston garage sale stirs worries

Questions raised over the BRA's involvement

THE CITY OF Boston used to sell off rundown municipal garages for development all the time by itself, but it’s taking a different tack with the old Winthrop Square Garage, one of the city’s most coveted parcels of land in the heart of the Financial District. Mayor Marty Walsh wants to transfer the property to(...)

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Harvard’s blank canvas

Harvard’s blank canvas

Take a left on Cattle Drive and go to the end

I WAS STANDING on the roof of the Doubletree Hotel along Soldiers Field Road, looking down at what could easily be described as a whole lot of nothing. But that was sort of the point. Harvard University has bought up an enormous amount of the land surrounding the hotel on the Boston side of the(...)

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Top pols say just vote no

Top pols say just vote no

Officials focus on impact on kids in opposing pot ballot question

THE STATE’S TOP elected officials from both sides of the aisle made a powerful political appeal to oppose the ballot question that would legalize the adult use and commercial sale of marijuana: Vote no for the kids. At the William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School in downtown Boston, a facility aimed at students with addiction(...)

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Lawmakers speed leaner budget along

Lawmakers speed leaner budget along

House, Senate negotiators cut $413m in planned spending

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Responding to instability in the stock market that has shredded revenue estimates for next year, House and Senate leaders on Thursday will seek passage of a $39.15 billion budget accord for the fiscal year beginning Friday that slashes $750 million in projected revenue and $413 million in proposed spending from budget(...)

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Fingerprints fail in Senate Uber bill

Fingerprints fail in Senate Uber bill

Forry chastises those who say the measure is discriminatory

AFTER AN EXHAUSTIVE debate that dragged on for nearly five hours, the state Senate passed Uber-friendly regulations for the runaway ride-hailing industry but not before beating back an impassioned plea by the chamber’s only black member to require fingerprints for background checks on drivers to ensure safety of passengers. “Fingerprinting is not a form of(...)

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Baker ups tax shortfall by $200m

Baker ups tax shortfall by $200m

Says Brexit turmoil is partly to blame

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE APPARENTLY WORSENING TAX REVENUE shortfall facing state budget writers just days before the start of the new fiscal year will be adjusted on Monday by the Baker administration to a range of $650 million to $950 million, in part because of the economic uncertainty caused by Great Britain’s vote to(...)

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