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Measuring Job Access in Greater Boston

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
With fast and affordable access to Boston’s core and neighboring municipalities comes improved access to jobs, education and other opportunities for all of the region’s residents. When all commuters, “regardless of race, income or ability,” have the same access to opportunity as any other commuter (even if that means transit investment is higher in one community than another), the system can be said to be equitable. For individuals interested in measuring ‘transportation equity’ within the region, it has been difficult to find a tool that can effectively give a sense of what access, particularly job access, looks like by neighborhood. In the Boston area, one of the most informative is the Collaborative Access-based Stakeholder Engagement (CoAXs) tool, a web-based portal that encourages users to develop a more comprehensive understanding of job access across Greater Boston.

Boston Housing Challenges Through Millennial Eyes:9 Findings From a New Poll

Friday, June 09, 2017
Peter Ciurczak

Recently the Boston Foundation commissioned a poll from the MassINC Polling Group asking registered voters about their perceptions of housing issues in the Greater Boston area. Since the poll breaks out respondents into four different age categories, we can compare the opinions of millennials (18-29 year olds, based on the survey’s definition) with those of older voters. The poll also allows us to make some comparisons between the perspectives of millennials earning less than $75,000 a year with those earning $75,000 or more.

Several key themes jump out:

  • Millennials are very concerned about rising housing costs (as are people of all ages).
  • Millennials are more supportive of dense, transit oriented development than older voters.
  • Lower-income millennials are more supportive of building additional rental units and clustering these more densely around public transit stops.

Scroll through this brief for more specific data on the opinions of millennials and housing in Boston.

The ACA and Millennials:

How Health Care Reform Has Benefited Boston's Millennials of Color

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, the number of Americans without health insurance has declined significantly. One of the largest decreases was among millennials—those currently between the ages of 18 and 34. Across the United States, the uninsured rate for millennials fell 12 percentage points from 2009 to 2015. Even with the ACA however, millennials remain the least likely cohort to have health insurance coverage – with an uninsured rate of 16.4 percent as of 2015.

Three Causes of Boston's Decade-Long Rise in Family Homelessness... and Recent Signs of Progress

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Luc Schuster and Anise Vance

Against a backdrop of economic growth and relative affluence, Boston’s homeless family population grew significantly over the last decade. While we’ve made some very recent progress (see last section of this brief for detail), family homelessness grew by nearly 75 percent since 2007, according to a recent report from the Boston Foundation. Three key trends that likely played a role in this increase:

  • The number of families in poverty increased, especially during the Great Recession.
  • Housing costs have risen and fewer affordable rental units are available.
  • Public funding for housing programs has been cut.

BPDA's Alvaro Lima on Boston Immigration

Friday, April 28, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
Alvaro Lima, the Director of Research at the Boston Planning and Development Agency joins the Boston Foundation to chat about the foreign born community in Boston, their contributions and the challenges they face.

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