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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
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.
Foreclose on this
| October 16, 2010
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
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| April 16, 2010
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
| April 09, 2010
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
| October 02, 2009
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
| April 01, 2009
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
| 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
| February 11, 2009
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