Cuts to the MBTA service would disproportionately impact minority, lower-income, and Gateway City communities.
Preventing a housing crisis in Lawrence
Gateways Episode 70
With the statewide eviction moratorium no longer in place, Gateway City residents face a new threat from the pandemic. In Lawrence, leaders are working together to mount an effective response. Jess Andors and Juan Bonilla from the local CDC, Lawrence Community Works (LCW), take a break from the all-consuming effort to share first-hand perspective. Jess,
Building generational wealth in the Gateway Cities
Gateways Episode 68
Home ownership is one of the two main paths toward building wealth— the other is business ownership. It’s crucial that Gateway City residents have access to opportunities to own homes and become entrepreneurs if they choose.
Adam Gomez on his historic victory in Springfield
Gateways Podcast Episode 67
Springfield City Councilor Adam Gomez talks his victory over an incumbent state senator despite turnout imbalances that skew the electorate.
Gateways Live: 3 Gateway City Mayors on Coronavirus Crisis Response
Mayors of Gateway Cities are on the frontlines, responding to the needs of individuals and navigating a path to economic and social recovery.
Regional Ballot Initiatives and the promise of local autonomy
Gateways Episode 65
A major transit bill with provisions for RBIs would give voters the ability to raise their own transportation funds and invest in their own communities.
Gateway City parents are building homeschool pods too
Gateways Episode 64
This form of schooling is getting broader attention now, but “microschools” and “homeschool pods” are nothing new, Keri Rodrigues says. “I know that that’s the fancy way that rich white folks are now calling these things, but this has been what poor Black and brown folks have done forever.”
Moving Forward with Mobility: What will the post-COVID future of transportation hold?
The Gateways Podcast Episode 62
In response to the pandemic, the MBTA allowed for back-door boarding on buses, making rides effectively free. But is that the right plan?Two guests stop by the Gateways Podcast to continue the transportation conversation — Jarred Johnson, director of TransitMatters and Brenna Robeson, lead coordinator at Zero Fare WRTA Coalition.
Ranked Choice Redux: The Promise of Ranked Choice Voting
Gateways Podcast Episode 61
Can ranked choice voting achieve more diverse civic leadership in Massachusetts? MassINC explores how RCV could change the Commonwealth's political landscape to be more representative of residents.
Social-emotional support systems are more important in schools than ever
Gateways Podcast Episode 60
With the next school year just a summer away, educators are planning for what could be an even more intense challenge. They will likely have fewer resources to serve families enduring deeper pain from a prolonged economic downturn.