Amy Dain

Public policy research consultant, Dain Research, Newton

Stories by Amy Dain

Guess what’s anchoring many small downtowns?

Even in the age of online shopping, the answer is: bookstores

Malls reinventing themselves as ‘lifestyle centers’

Mixing some housing, city amenities with shops, restaurants

Stop poking the Bear

The West should try some empathy with Russia

Should we smoot the subways?

Can our geeky side make waiting on the T more pleasant?

Are dashboards the right tool to measure progress?

What sounds good and exciting isn’t always useful

Municipalities shouldn’t go it alone on IT

Potholes abound for DPWs; coordination could help

In Newtonville, smart growth is taking hold

Stability is great, but sometimes change is good

Brutalist buildings need some TLC

Despite drama, humor, they no longer work

The state should encourage accessory apartments

Could be a partial answer to housing shortage

Riley’s turnaround effort bigger than schools

Lawrence groups and city in general pitch in to revamp education system