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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
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  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
By AL DIAMON  |  June 08, 2012
ThePruittIgoe Myth

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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  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.
Square roots
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  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?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 25, 2011
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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
Dumbed down
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 21, 2011

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Review: Chasing Madoff

Few will dispute the evil avarice behind the $50 billion Ponzi scheme Bernie Madoff masterminded.
Jeff Prosserman's documentary
By TOM MEEK  |  August 26, 2011
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Heavy burden

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?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 15, 2011

Realtors anonymous

It's hard out here for a realtor.
By DAVID KISH  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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
Housing slump
By COLIN WOODARD  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 13, 2010

Housing Postscript

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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 29, 2010

On Foreclosure

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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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
By ALEXANDER HSU  |  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...
By Ian Donnis  |  December 18, 2008
Wednesday: rally against foreclosures

Wednesday: rally against foreclosures

  An action being staged later this week by Ocean State Action and some other groups: Next ...
By Ian Donnis  |  December 08, 2008
Rasmussen: most don't support federal foreclosure help

Rasmussen: most don't support federal foreclosure help

  From Rasmussen Reports: As the Senate inches toward passage of a $300 billion bill to hel...
By Ian Donnis  |  July 10, 2008