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What to Do About New England’s Affordable Housing Crisis

In a session that ended earlier this month, Connecticut legislators voted to relax a controversial state law geared toward creating more affordable housing in the state. No one is arguing that Connecticut and New England need more affordable housing. The region – from Portland, Maine, to Stamford, Connecticut – is struggling with offering an array of housing choices that won’t break the bank.

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Homeless, Addicted, and Overcoming a Long History of Neglect

When he leaves his apartment in Hartford, Connecticut’s historic Asylum Hill neighborhood, Reggie Moton, 62, has two choices. He can turn right to Farmington Avenue, where he knows he can find people who could sell him drugs. Or he can turn left, and go to Asylum Avenue — which, though it’s a busy street, doesn’t have the same business traffic.

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A Young Couple’s Search Narrows For A Diverse Town in New England

OPINION The Burkes – Rob and Chrissy – want to buy a home. On the surface, their home-ownership goals are pretty standard. They want something in the $250,000 range. They’d consider buying a two-family house; they’d live in one unit and rent the other while they socked away enough money for a single family home.…

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Marching For A Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Son — And Myself

At 8 a.m. this past Saturday, women took over car after car of a suburban commuter train, transforming that perfunctory downtown ride into 20 minutes of pure joy and purpose. We were headed to the Boston Common, one of the hundreds of satellite women’s marches taking place in all 50 states and 70 countries. At that moment we didn’t know that our message of love, hope and equality was about to resonate across seven continents. We only knew that we intended to reach out to each other across space and time to hold hands literally and metaphorically.

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Homelessness Is Not A Crime

In the last few years, towns around New England have passed and enforced laws meant to keep people who are homeless moving away from certain neighborhoods and businesses.

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New England’s Short, But Busy, Giving Season

Over the last week or so, your inbox and mailbox has been filling with requests for donations from non-profit organizations. Oxfam International, Doctors Without Borders, your local food bank and homeless shelter all depend on year-end generosity to meet their budgets.

This is the Giving Season. We give the most this time of year in part because we’re coming up on the holidays, when many religious faiths encourage charity. – though for Muslims, the giving season centers around Ramadan, in the fall.

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