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Unlock the Commonwealth: New housing's impact on municipal services

Posted on December 10, 2009

BOSTON, Dec. 10, 2009 --- Fiscal disaster or red herring? Michael Goodman of the UMass Donahue Institute for Public Policy takes a look at the question of how new housing impacts municipal services. You may be surprised at what he's found.

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Goodman's essay is another in a series of essays which are part of MHP's Foundation for Growth initiative, which is designed to determine through research and dialogue just how much housing supply we need to support stable long-term economic growth in the Commonwealth, and what policies could make that happen. For more information and essays, go to

Previously, Lindsay Koshgarian of UMass' Donahue Institute for Public Policy tackled the state's low vacancy rates for rental apartments and what it could mean for our economy. The Foundation for Growth web site also includes recent essays by housing consultant Bonnie Huerdorfer and Harvard economics professor Ed Glaeser.

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