Growth and Development

New funding agreement for Greenway Conservancy

New funding agreement for Greenway Conservancy

State keeps money flowing; abutters, city to chip in

A NEW FUNDING AGREEMENT for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy was unveiled on Monday that requires a smaller amount of taxpayer money from the state along with new contributions from park abutters and the city of Boston. State officials had said they wanted to zero out their $2.3 million annual payment for Conservancy operations,(...)

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Don’t just sell, sell to your employees

Don’t just sell, sell to your employees

Few firms are familiar with worker ownership models

SMALL BUSINESSES IN MASSACHUSETTS will soon face a generational impasse. As baby boomers begin to retire, the businesses they have built will need new owners, but who these owners will be is still unclear. While baby boomers collectively own more than 50 percent of businesses with employees in America, only 28 percent of them have a(...)

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We must learn from Seaport District failures

We must learn from Seaport District failures

The next tests come at Allston Landing, Suffolk Downs

THEY WERE GATHERED in the spectacular replica of the US Senate chamber at the Edward Kennedy Institute, a panel of local thought leaders discussing how Boston’s past might inform Boston’s future.  The discussion, organized under the auspices of Imagine Boston 2030, drew a large crowd because among its panel members were legends of the city’s(...)

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Penn Station debate offers lessons for Boston

New York City is having its own North-South Rail Link debate, just on a much bigger scale. State and federal agencies in New York are pushing for a $20 billion Gateway Tunnel project that would add more tunnels under the Hudson River and new tracks at Penn Station. But a Manhattan think tank called ReThink(...)

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Thinking outside the infrastructure box

Thinking outside the infrastructure box

Is there room for modular sewage treatment plants?

IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE WORLD, the past casts a long shadow.  Decisions about where to place key public facilities—roads, tracks, and pipes—tend to have a type of permanence.  What’s more, they bake in policy decisions of previous eras, inadvertently affecting our own decisions today about how to provide important public services.  Disrupting the status quo isn’t(...)

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Second thoughts on Globe property

Something must be amiss at the Boston Globe’s property on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester. First, Winstanley Enterprises of Concord struck a deal to buy the 16.5-acre property and then pulled out in early 2015. And now a second buyer, reportedly Center Court Partners, which has offices in New York and Boston, beat a last-minute retreat(...)

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Prepare to be automated out of a job

Prepare to be automated out of a job

Isn’t there a civic responsibility to plan for massive dislocation?

WHAT SHOULD WE DO if we knew that, in the near future, a large sector of our country’s workers, currently employed with good-paying jobs, would be put out of work by new technologies? Would we ban the new technology to save those jobs? Or, do the scientific breakthroughs and related increases in growth and productivity(...)

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MassDevelopment CEO candidate withdraws

MassDevelopment CEO candidate withdraws

Family illness leads to last-minute decision

MASSDEVELOPMENT WAS PREPARING to name a new CEO on Thursday, but now officials say the candidate has withdrawn her name from consideration. State officials say Barbara Kroncke, a partner at McCarter & English in Boston, decided to withdraw her name to deal with illness in her family. Kroncke, a financial backer of Gov. Charlie Baker,(...)

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Union-only deal sent Wynn casino costs soaring

Union-only deal sent Wynn casino costs soaring

Project labor agreement had same impact at UMass Boston

FEW WOULD DOUBT that developer Steve Wynn is a very savvy guy.  It turns out, though, he’s getting a lesson in competition and how his own decisions have helped lead to his Everett casino being $300 million over budget. You see, Wynn agreed to a project labor agreement (PLA) for the project, which requires that(...)

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