Posted inOpinion, Transportation

Transit equity has a housing component

ACCESS TO GOOD TRANSPORTATION is the cornerstone of a strong, thriving community. Municipal planners encourage this kind of smart growth which, in addition to combating urban sprawl, stimulates community reinvestment and brings vibrancy to neighborhoods. Market-rate real estate developers see the value in locating residential and mixed-use developments near transit.  Neighborhoods where residents are close […]

Posted inEconomy, Health Care, Opinion

When the doctor and the grocer team up to heal a community

AN INSIDIOUS RELATIONSHIP between poverty, access to healthy food and poor health is eating away at America’s low-income communities. It’s happening across the country, and is present every day in economically challenged neighborhoods across Massachusetts. Sections of Brockton, 30 miles south of Boston, offer far too many examples of this phenomenon. Life expectancies can vary […]