Summer 2005

Summer 2005

Growing pains

Growing pains

A long about June, the “housing bubble” became big news nationally. In the same week, a cover story in Time (HOME $WEET HOME) focused attention on the “blistering” US real estate market and a New York Times Week in Review piece took the story global, noting the run-up of housing prices in coastal cities and(...)

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Florida dreaming

Florida dreaming

Is the Creative Class coming or going?

Illustrations by Elizabeth Rock In The Rise of the Creative Class, economist Richard Florida wrote that gays are good for a region’s economy. In his new book, The Flight of the Creative Class, he tells us that immigrants are even better — and America is in danger of getting a lot fewer of them. The(...)

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Letters

I wish you had also addressed the tuition costs (and, of course, fees) at our state university in comparison with other states (“Is it higher-ed’s turn?” CW, Spring ’05). Perhaps then we might examine how much money it would take to help make the schools more accessible and affordable. We might also undertake the ugly(...)

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Approaching Re-entry

Approaching Re-entry

As candidate for governor in 1990, Bill Weld put it in the most stark terms – pledging to “reacquaint felons with the joys of busting rocks” – but the general sentiment was widely shared here and across the country: Rampant urban crime in the 1980s and early ’90s called for an approach to criminal justice(...)

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Job training initiatives should begin with realistic expectations about employers and employees

The Commonwealth has an impending workforce crisis on its hands, but it’s one that’s paradoxical. As a percentage of population, Massachusetts has more college-educated residents than any other state in the country. At the same time, with a slow-growing workforce fueled largely by foreign immigrants, a larger and larger share of our adult population is(...)

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