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Tenants organize to preserve an affordable housing complex in the South End
Esther Echevarria worked as an activist before coming to Boston.
Holding their ground
| September 07, 2012
A house is not a home
The Maine State Housing Authority has such an off-putting name that it prefers to use a pseudonym.
Politics + Other Mistakes
| June 08, 2012
Review: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
The Pruitt-Igoe projects in St. Louis were supposed to be a means for poor farmers and field workers to find big-city opportunities.
On the sabotage of the American dream
| April 06, 2012
As MIT expands eastward, Cambridge officials struggle to balance the allure of tech development with Central Square's gritty soul
A decade from now, the east end of Central Square will look nothing like the west.
| March 09, 2012
Maine's cohousing movement gains ground
An architect, a professor, a dentist, and a teacher. Children as young as six and retirees in their 60s and 70s. Musicians and massage therapists and artists; Mainers and folks from away. All living together, sharing common space.
Why don't we live together?
| November 25, 2011
Review: Margin Call
The financial crisis of 2008 awaits its Social Network; until then we have Margin Call, which zaps its credibility from the get-go when a downsized risk analyst (Stanley Tucci) openly passes a flash drive to an underling (Zachary Quinto) as he's escorte
| October 21, 2011
Review: Chasing Madoff
Few will dispute the evil avarice behind the $50 billion Ponzi scheme Bernie Madoff masterminded.
Jeff Prosserman's documentary
| August 26, 2011
In 2012, collections on homes, buildings, and private infrastructure will feed more than 65 percent of Boston's $2.4 billion budget.
More than any other city on the East Coast, Boston is addicted to property taxes. Could the Hub be hitting a crippling tax-levy ceiling soon?
| August 19, 2011
Reed's Housing Crisis Fix
Senator Reed's quirky housing fix lands on Time's web site: There’s an old Lily Tomlin joke where she says, “Wouldn’t it be great if all...
| August 09, 2011
Portland's neighborhood prosecutor cleans up the city
When Portland Police Chief James Craig announced at a June 28 press conference that he was leaving the city to become Cincinnati's chief, he took a moment to list what he considered to be the highlights of his two-year tenure.
Sweating the small stuff
| July 15, 2011
It's hard out here for a realtor.
| April 29, 2011
The Phoenix's Awards Haul
The Providence Phoenix gathered a nice little clutch of awards at this weekend's New England Newspaper & Press Association's annual fete - this one covering work from...
| February 14, 2011
Scarcelli’s firm takes heat in Mississippi
Former gubernatorial and prospective US Senate candidate Rosa Scarcelli has had a lot of bad press of late, courtesy of her husband's role in creating an anonymous website that sought to smear another Blaine House candidate, Eliot Cutler. Now the compan
| February 11, 2011
In the Phoenix: The End of Homelessness
As advocates for the homeless press the General Assembly to maintain funding for the 10-year-old Neighborhood Opportunities Program, which has provided for some 1200 affordable housing...
| May 13, 2010
On Friday, I wrote about the Obama Administration's new approach to the foreclosure crisis, suggesting it was a victory of sorts for Senator Jack Reed...
| March 29, 2010
The Obama Administration's announcement today of a broad new effort to deal with the nation's foreclosure crisis represents, in part, a triumph for Senator Jack...
| March 26, 2010
In The Atlantic: Rhode Island's Homelessness Trouble
Rhode Island's struggles with unemployment and homelessness continue to land in the national press. The latest account, on The Atlantic's web site, personalizes the issue...
| December 01, 2009
Slideshow: Breakonomics 2009 at MIT's student center
Breakers, popper, and housers get on the good foot at MIT's student center
Dancers battle it out for cash prizes at Breakonomics 2009, at the MIT La Sala de Puerto Rico, April 25, 2009
| May 01, 2009
A program that helps to reduce homelessness
In this week's Phoenix, Marion Davis writes about Housing First. Think of permanent housing not a...
| December 18, 2008
Wednesday: rally against foreclosures
An action being staged later this week by Ocean State Action and some other groups: Next ...
| December 08, 2008
Rasmussen: most don't support federal foreclosure help
From Rasmussen Reports: As the Senate inches toward passage of a $300 billion bill to hel...
| July 10, 2008
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