Contributing Editors

Jerome Lyle Rappaport

Jerome Lyle Rappaport
Founder and Board Member
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Edward Glaeser

Edward Glaeser
Professor of Economics at Harvard University
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Stephen P. Johnson

Stephen P. Johnson
Executive Director of Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation
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Greg Massing

Greg Massing
Executive Director for the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service
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Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts
Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School
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Joseph Curtatone

Joseph Curtatone
Mayor, City of Somerville
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Tim H. Davis

Tim H. Davis
Independent Research Consultant
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Scott Harshbarger

Scott Harshbarger
Senior Counsel, Proskauer Rose LLP
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Vivien Li

Vivien Li
Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association
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Guest contributors

Monika Bandyopadhyay
Suffolk University Law Student

David Barron
Harvard Law School and former Deputy Counsel for the Office of Legal Counsel in the US Department of Justice

Linda Bilmes
Senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Assistant Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton Administration.

Brandy H.M. Brooks
Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Bruner Foundation

Felicia Cote
Rappaport Fellow, Harvard Law School/Harvard Kennedy School.

Amanda Eden
Suffolk University Law School student

Sara Farnum
Student, Suffolk Univ. Law School

Kristin Faucette
Student at Suffolk University Law School

Benjamin Forman
Research Director, MassINC

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday
JD/MBA student at Suffolk University Law School and the Sawyer School of Business

Theodore Kalivas
Boston Green Blog, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy

David Linhart
Student, Boston University School of Law

Antoniya Owens
Research Analyst, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Susan Prosnitz
Senior Advisor, TSA, Washington, DC

Ben Thomas
Boston Green Blog, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy

Matthew Todaro
Student at Boston College Law School

Alexander von Hoffman
Senior Researcher, Joint Center for Housing Studies

Brett Walker
Student, Boston College Law School

Margarita Warren
Student at Suffolk University Law School

Articles by Tim H. Davis

Boston City Council Redistricting: No Easy Task!

Monday, September 12th, 2011
By Tim H. Davis

September 7th was the last day to register to vote for Boston’s preliminary City Council elections. While much of the current focus in Massachusetts political circles has been on the redistricting of Massachusetts U.S. Congressional seats, it is also time for redistricting of state legislative and city council districts. The redistricting of Boston’s nine city council districts faces some interesting challenges. Population increases in downtown areas were offset by population declines in other neighborhoods, and given physical geography, the residences of current city councilors, and concerns about fair representation of people of color, the task of redistricting is difficult.

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Gateway Municipalities Continue To Be Among the Hardest Hit by Foreclosures

Monday, August 15th, 2011
By Tim H. Davis

This is the second entry in an ongoing series on the 24 Massachusetts municipalities known as the “Gateway Cities.” The foreclosure crises started in the sub-prime mortgage market. Nationally, these loans were concentrated in two types of real estate markets: 1) urban neighborhoods, especially those with weak/distressed real estate markets, and 2) new neighborhoods built on speculation. A 2006 joint Pioneer Institute/Rappaport Institute report identified local zoning policy as a major constraint on new housing production, creating the conditions for the upward spiral of Massachusetts housing prices from 2000 to 2005. As a result of this lack of new production, unlike the housing booms in the sunbelt states of Arizona, Florida and Nevada (which have the highest foreclosure rates in the country), there were few neighborhoods built on speculation, limiting Massachusetts exposure to these types of foreclosures.

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Despite Long Term, High Unemployment, Gateway Cities Out-Performed State on Jobs during Recession

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
By Tim H. Davis

The Gateway Series will be an occasional posting on issues related to the 24 cities identified by the state at Gateway Municipalities, with a focus on the economy, housing and demographics. This is Series #1.

High unemployment persists in the Gateway Cities, and these cities are worse off today compared to the state today than they were before the recession. Although you might expect that this deterioration is due to a greater loss of jobs that other parts of the state, this is not the case. The Gateway Cities actually have outperformed the remainder of the state on employment during the recession. While unemployment has declined in the rest of the state due to a decline the labor force, the labor force has grown in the Gateway Cities, highlighting the importance of these cities to the regeneration of Massachusetts’ total labor force.

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Foreclosure Monitor: Signs Point to Long Recovery Road

Monday, June 20th, 2011
By Tim H. Davis


The following article was written by Tim Davis, a former Rappaport Urban Fellow, for the Massachsetts Housing Partnership. Foreclosure Monitor is designed to help public officials determine how best to use their resources to help homeowners and neighborhoods hard-hit by foreclosure. MHP issues Foreclosure Monitor quarterly.

BOSTON, June 13, 2011 --- When monthly foreclosure statistics dipped in February 2011, Foreclosure Monitor decided to dig into the numbers to see what caused this and to analyze just when we might see a full real estate turnaround.

In a report released Friday, Foreclosure Monitor found that February's dip was a one-time event similar to other temporary slowdowns and that the long-term distress and economic data point indicate that a full turnaround won't begin until at least 2014.

Boston Globe: Experts discuss report

In addition to this report, Foreclosure Monitor also released its quarterly report of distress activity by community, zip code and census tract. The news here is that while distress continues to shift into suburban and rural areas, Gateway cities like Lawrence, Lowell, Chelsea and New Bedford are seeing significant declines in foreclosure activity. To read this report, click here.

What is Foreclosure Monitor?

Foreclosure Monitor is an ongoing effort by MHP to give policy leaders and local officials the latest data on how foreclosures and distressed properties are impacting communities and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Foreclosure Monitor is able to provide this information through the CHAPA/Warren Group distressed property database. For previous reports, check out Foreclosure Monitor.

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