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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
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Boston activists infiltrate bankers' convention

On Tuesday, I got a tip to tail a fleet of activists to the Hynes Convention Center while they infiltrated the American Bankers Association's Business Expo and Director's Forum.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 16, 2010

Foreclosure frontline

The 72 Hours project, which I and others have been developing in the effort to help those fighting eviction in Boston, uses video projection to bring public awareness to the struggles of those undergoing foreclosure.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 16, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 16, 2010
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Fighting foreclosure, one home at a time

When curious-looking animated silhouettes appear in the windows of foreclosed Dorchester residences — as they did this past month during a massive demonstration on Bullard Street, and will again soon in locations to be announced — it means that John Huls
Shadow cinema
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 09, 2010
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Review: Capitalism: A Love Story

In his new film about the Wall Street meltdown, Michael Moore — surprise! — denounces capitalism and its exploitation of the working class. Not that he's above doing a little exploiting himself.
Moore of the same: Capitalism fails to make a prophet
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2009
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Fighting the good fight

As Rhode Island's poor and working-class citizens face a shrinking job market, social program cuts, and an avalanche of home foreclosures, a leading low-income advocacy group faces major changes.
DARE faces major changes and challenges
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  April 01, 2009


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Hope for young homebuyers

Good news if you're in a sufficiently stable financial situation to think of bailing from greater Portland's rental-housing morass.
The lousy economy — and Obama's stimulus package — has a silver lining
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2009

Some people have real problems

Mainers are facing grievous financial burdens. Stores and factories are shutting down. Businesses that stay open are laying people off. Unemployment is rising as fast as the foreclosure rate on homes. And housing prices are sinking like the value of ret
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 11, 2009