Housing

More heads need more roofs

More heads need more roofs

    Housing has become scarcer in the dark-colored states on the above map, with new residents moving in (or being born) faster than contractors can put up houses. (Click the map for a larger image, and download this file for complete data: Download housing_estimates_by_state_2006.xls ) The most extreme case is Alaska, which has grown(...)

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Not-so-prime spots

Not-so-prime spots

UPDATE: For more recent foreclosure data, go to the Head Count in our Winter 2009 issue. home foreclosures in Massachusetts continued to climb this spring—up 40 percent in May compared with the same period last year, according to the Warren Group. The map based on the number of foreclosures during the 180-day period ending on(...)

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AN OPPORTUNE TIME FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Once I got past the inflammatory cover headline (“College Try: Why Aren’t Mass. Community Colleges Making the Grade?” CW, Spring ’07), I was glad to see CommonWealth present such a thoughtful and balanced assessment of the challenges and the potential of our state’s community colleges. This is a timely topic. Gov. Deval Patrick acknowledged as(...)

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Deeds that keep houses affordable may keep neighborhoods poor

INTRO TEXT in a state short on affordable housing, it might seem odd that housing advocates are calling for policy changes that could eventually bring more market-rate units to poor neighborhoods. But some say that’s exactly what is needed to lift communities-and families-out of poverty. Many affordable-homeownership programs attach long-term deed restrictions to properties, limiting(...)

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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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