Building Communities of Promise and Possibility

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Housing leaders gathered with members of the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus on Wednesday for a breakfast forum on neighborhood stabilization policy. Together they reviewed a strategy blueprint for comprehensive state and local neighborhood revitalization efforts that we hope will become a major focus in the 2019-2020 legislative session. The arguments for making neighborhood stabilization a

State and Local Blueprints for Comprehensive Neighborhood Stabilization

New report calls attention to Massachusetts’ “other housing problem.”

In recent years, much attention has been trained on Greater Boston’s tight housing market and the increasingly severe difficulty residents have finding affordable housing in the region. There is much less awareness of the very different challenge faced by residents of weak market neighborhoods, where housing is much less expensive but conditions are physically, socially,

The importance of transit-oriented development in the Gateway Cities

Gateways Episode 4: Sal Lupoli

In this episode of Gateways, Aimee and Ben sit down with Sal Lupoli, Founder of and CEO of Lupoli Companies and discuss the importance of transit-oriented development in the Gateway Cities. Sal’s career began with the launch of his successful restaurant business, Sal’s Pizza. From there he has expanded into real estate development. Sal’s investments

Bring it on!

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Next year Beacon Hill leaders are expected to finally turn their attention to solving the Chapter 70 underfunding challenges that have long plagued Gateway City school districts and disadvantaged Gateway City students. Many are calling on the state to follow the 1993 ed reform playbook, and attach additional accountability for improving student learning to any

Local Accountability: The Forgotten Element in Education Reform

Part One in a Series of Three Papers

Prepared in partnership with the Center for Assessment, this novel paper is a first attempt to define the purpose and principles of “local accountability” practices that complement state and federal accountability frameworks. The conceptual frame in a series of three reports, The Forgotten Element in Education Reform explores the shifting balance of responsibility for monitoring school performance

At CityAwake, Boston’s millennials offer food for thought

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Last week, we met with a group of about 30 young millennials living in and around Boston to talk Gateway City TOD. The forum was the Boston Chamber of Commerce’s CityAwake Summit, a convening that engages young professionals in dialogue about the most pressing issues facing the region. We screened our Promise and Potential of

Manna from Washington (along with a new research report!)

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The Opportunity Zone (OZ) program is the talk of the town wherever we go these days. When the Treasury issued long-awaited regulations earlier this month, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal immediately threw up splashy pieces. This obscure provision in the tax code has captured minds and imaginations, even with many seasoned experts

Opportunity Zones and Transformative Transit-Oriented Development in Gateway Cities

Policy Brief

This policy brief is the first in a series exploring state and local level approaches to generating transformative transit-oriented development (TTOD) in Gateway Cities. Here, we examine strategies to maximize the benefits of the new federal Opportunity Zone Program. The analysis centers on Massachusetts’ census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones. Our findings show that the

MassINC presents on Gateway City TOD at LOCUS Summit

Discussing smart growth issues across the region

On October 24th, LOCUS New England, a division of Smart Growth America, convened real estate developers, investors, and elected officials to share ideas and discuss smart growth issues across the region. MassINC’s Research Director, Ben Forman, joined other smart growth experts for a panel discussion on “Promoting Infill Development in Transit Corridors.” The conversation touched

LOCUS and Opportunity Zones

GATEWAYS Episode 2

With regulations only just released last week, opportunity zones have excited developers, policymakers, and growth advocates alike. But what sort of opportunities do they really offer the Gateway Cities? Will development continue to focus on Boston and Cambridge’s “tier-one” markets, or will real estate investors be incentivized to build in cities far outside the Boston bubble? We asked Christopher Coes of

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