Here's a list of three problems we have in the Boston area:
Massachusetts retains only about 60 percent of its college graduates. In other words, we have a brain drain problem.
Student housing is in short supply in much of the city, which forces many students into off-campus rentals, where they're notorious for drinking, partying and trashing what might otherwise be lovely neighborhoods. In other words, we have a neighborhood problem.
The Filene's hole is still gaping in the middle of Downtown Crossing, and the once-bustling commercial heart of Boston is sputtering. So we have a downtown problem, too.
These three problems might not sound particularly related. But Barry Bluestone, a housing economist at Northeastern University, thinks he can help solve all three in one fell swoop.
- Barry Bluestone, founding director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern; dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
This program aired on December 6, 2010.