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- New England and the Subtracted City
by Deborah E. Popper and Frank J. Popper
Many features of former industrial centers have been subtracted over recent decades.
The authors recommend that cities face reality and turn buildings and spaces into more
appropriate uses for our times
- Mapping New England: Workforce Participation over Age 65
by Ana Patricia Muñoz, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
The map compares areas of unemployment in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts,
Connecticut, and Rhode Island with the workforce participation rates of older residents.
- Indian Reservations Build Economically Sustainable Communities
by Rebecca Hawk
Today Americans associate Indian Country with casinos, but forward-looking tribal leaders argue
against relying on gambling revenue. Increased entrepreneurship can promote diversification and
keep earnings on the reservation.
- A First-Generation Refugee Interviews a Second-Generation
Immigrant on Personal Finance
by Kao Kalia Yang
The Hmong author of The Latehomecomer memoir articulates the curiosity of many immigrants
about U.S. cultural attitudes toward finance. She asks an expert, “Am I my parents’ 401(k)?”
- Health Reform in Massachusetts: An Update
by Sharon K. Long, Shanna Shulman, and Karen Stockley
Although increased medical costs continue to be a concern in Massachusetts, a recent report
shows that health reform has enabled many more people to get the care they need.
- New Haven Coop Expands Access to Fresh Food
by Sara C. Bronin, University of Connecticut School of Law
Most food coops are started by nonprofits or groups of neighbors. This article describes how
a multibillion-dollar for-profit worked with an urban community to launch a coop in a new
- Microfinance in New England
by Andy Posner, The Capital Good Fund
Microfinance that stays small and close to beneficiaries is often best. A Rhode Island microlender
partners with nonprofits focused on personal finance and business skills to help low-income
- Encore Careers: One Solution to the Coming Labor Shortage
by Barry Bluestone and Mark Melnik
Despite today’s high unemployment, a severe shortage of workers is on the horizon. The authors
find that older employees who retire later or choose to take on new careers will be critical.
- Making Municipal Aid Count: Mind the Gap!
by David Coyne and Bo Zhao, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
The New England Public Policy Center offers a formula that would help Massachusetts
allocate funding more fairly and close the gap between municipalities’ unavoidable costs and
- Affordable Housing Evolution: Less Top-Down, More Networked
by David Erickson, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
The federal government stopped building large-scale housing projects years ago. Today local
networks use federal and other funding sources to construct sturdy, attractive, affordable homes
that blend in with communities.
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