The Download

Uber ego

Uber is what many describe as a “disruptive technology,” that emerging portion of the so-called gig economy that is challenging traditional models of commerce with little regard for the niceties of business or, for that matter, regulations. Uber, Lyft, Bridj, and other transportation network companies have had a chilling effect on taxis and livery; Airbnb, WeNeedAVacation.com,(...)

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The Codcast: Moulton doesn’t mince words

The phrase “mealy-mouthed politician” often seems redundant, so closely do we associate political figures with an aversion to direct answers that cut through the usual fog. That does not describe Seth Moulton, the second-term Democratic congressman from Salem. Moulton answers questions with a degree of candor that is refreshing and sometimes jarring. When CommonWealth sat(...)

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Home loan segregation

A study of home mortgage lending in Massachusetts provides yet another window on racial segregation in Massachusetts. The study, by the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council, found blacks in 2015 received either no home loans or one loan in nearly two-thirds of the 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. In just over 40 percent of the(...)

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Baker plays budget man in the middle

It’s become a well-known part of the current dynamic on Beacon Hill: Though Democrats enjoy super-majorities in both legislative branches, the House leans right and often forms a tag-team with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that isolates the more liberal Senate. With the 2018 budget plan put out yesterday, however, House leaders don’t just lean right,(...)

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