Casinos and Cities: Can They Live Together?
by Alan Mallach, Brookings Institution
In 2011, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed a bill authorizing casinos. As other New England states consider their options, understanding how casinos affect the municipalities where they end up being built is critical.
A New Initiative for Massachusetts Smaller Cities
by Prabal Chakrabarti, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
The Boston Fed announces the Working Cities Challenge, an initiative to advance collaborative leadership in smaller cities and support ambitious efforts to improve the lives of low-income residents.
Promoting Economic Prosperity by Welcoming Immigrants
by Rachel Steinhardt, Welcoming America
Civic leaders are catching on to what savvy businesses already know: diversity and immigration are opportunities that can improve prosperity for all.
Medical Debt: A Curable Affliction Health Reform Won’t Fix
by David U. Himmelstein, MD, and Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH
Medical illness and medical bills will continue to be leading causes of personal bankruptcy in the United States, even after health-care reform.
Undocumented Immigrants and Child Health
by Michael K. Gusmano and Nancy Berlinger, The Hastings Center
Integrating health reform with immigration reform would improve the health outcomes of undocumented immigrants’ children, millions of whom are actually U.S. citizens.
Tackling Health-Related Needs: Boston Medical Center Pediatrics
by Barry Zuckerman, MD, Boston Medical Center
An innovative pediatrics department has extended the boundaries of traditional health care to address the socioeconomic determinants of health, well-being, and educational success.
Modern Land Banking: Can It Work in Southern New England?
by Erin Graves, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
With new forms of land banking documenting success outside the Northeast, the applicability of the approach to New England is worthy of consideration.
Mapping New England: People Living in Lower-Income Areas
by Ana Patricia Muñoz, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Twenty-five percent of New Englanders resided in lower-income areas in 2005–2009. The map explains more about the concentration of residents in those neighborhoods.
Childhood Savings and College Success
by Cathy Lin, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
As the cost of postsecondary education continues to rise, many families, especially low-income families, are concerned about their ability to pay. A variety of initiatives are making it easier to start saving early.
It Takes a Village: Communities Tackle Crime
by Julia Ryan and Andrea Pereira, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
When residents, developers, and police work together to mobilize neighbors and transform places, the resulting safety improvements are more likely to last.
New England Fishermen Adapt to a Sea Change
by Lee Crockett, The Pew Charitable Trusts
As ocean waters warm and fish populations plunge, New England fishermen and regulators hope to chart a new course.
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