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February 24, 2011
  • New England and the Subtracted City
    by Deborah E. Popper and Frank J. Popper
    Many features of former industrial centers have been subtracted over recent decades. The authors recommend that cities face reality and turn buildings and spaces into more appropriate uses for our times
  • Mapping New England: Workforce Participation over Age 65
    by Ana Patricia Mu?oz, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
    The map compares areas of unemployment in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island with the workforce participation rates of older residents.
  • Indian Reservations Build Economically Sustainable Communities
    by Rebecca Hawk
    Today Americans associate Indian Country with casinos, but forward-looking tribal leaders argue against relying on gambling revenue. Increased entrepreneurship can promote diversification and keep earnings on the reservation.
  • A First-Generation Refugee Interviews a Second-Generation
    Immigrant on Personal Finance

    by Kao Kalia Yang
    The Hmong author of The Latehomecomer memoir articulates the curiosity of many immigrants about U.S. cultural attitudes toward finance. She asks an expert, ?Am I my parents? 401(k)??
  • Health Reform in Massachusetts: An Update
    by Sharon K. Long, Shanna Shulman, and Karen Stockley
    Although increased medical costs continue to be a concern in Massachusetts, a recent report shows that health reform has enabled many more people to get the care they need.
  • New Haven Coop Expands Access to Fresh Food
    by Sara C. Bronin, University of Connecticut School of Law
    Most food coops are started by nonprofits or groups of neighbors. This article describes how a multibillion-dollar for-profit worked with an urban community to launch a coop in a new development.
  • Microfinance in New England
    by Andy Posner, The Capital Good Fund
    Microfinance that stays small and close to beneficiaries is often best. A Rhode Island microlender partners with nonprofits focused on personal finance and business skills to help low-income clients progress.
  • Encore Careers: One Solution to the Coming Labor Shortage
    by Barry Bluestone and Mark Melnik
    Despite today?s high unemployment, a severe shortage of workers is on the horizon. The authors find that older employees who retire later or choose to take on new careers will be critical.
  • Making Municipal Aid Count: Mind the Gap!
    by David Coyne and Bo Zhao, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
    The New England Public Policy Center offers a formula that would help Massachusetts allocate funding more fairly and close the gap between municipalities? unavoidable costs and their revenue.
  • Affordable Housing Evolution: Less Top-Down, More Networked
    by David Erickson, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    The federal government stopped building large-scale housing projects years ago. Today local networks use federal and other funding sources to construct sturdy, attractive, affordable homes that blend in with communities.