Winter 2004

Winter 2004

The state considers carrots for smart growth

The state considers carrots for smart growth

With Massachusetts home prices continuing to soar, the housing crisis has begun to sound like the old Mark Twain saw about the weather: Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything. ALISON WILLIAMS Smart-growth housing in Manchester-by-the Sea. Hoping to match deeds to words, the Romney administration and an independent task force of housing, business,(...)

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Commonwealth Forum ponders middle-class debt crisis

MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN about federal and state governments spending beyond their means, but many middle-class American households are also awash in red ink. At the Commonwealth Forum “Going for Broke: Middle Class Families on the Financial Edge,” held on December 5 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, panelists discussed the reasons and remedies(...)

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Popping the Question

Popping the Question

One almost certain consequence of Goodridge, et al v. Department of Public Health, the decision by the Supreme Judicial Court last November to allow gay marriage, will be an increase in Massachusetts tourism; imagine the number of weddings in Provincetown next summer! But the national implications of the state court’s actions, for politics and society,(...)

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