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Trend of students coming to U.S. slows

The number of new international students coming to the United States for college and university fell in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, according...

City dwellers’ hidden footprint

Dense, transit-oriented development is more environmentally friendly than suburban sprawl. But city dwellers shouldn’t get too smug about that. Just because an urban apartment...
THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR route of Amtrak makes more money than any other line, while longer distance routes lose money. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES/JOE RAEDLE

Opinion: Amtrak’s long-distance routes lose the most money while Northeast corridor...

By the time it crossed the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa, last week, our California Zephyr was running more than eight hours late on its...

Internet is everywhere, but U.S. jobs that support it aren’t

The internet was supposed to render geography irrelevant. But the corporations that dominate the internet have turned out to be remarkably concentrated, geographically speaking....

Opportunity zones: The last great neoliberal experiment

The opportunity zones created by the federal tax reform of 2017 have all been set up, and the money has started to flow. When...

Students have changed majors

Of the 839,730 recipients of bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. in the 1970-1971 academic year, 176,307 got education degrees. Other big fields of study...

Streets aren’t made for pedestrians

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise in this country. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimated, based on data from the first half of the...

Manufacturing replaced by … a museum

My wife and I recently spent two nights in North Adams, an old industrial city in the northwestern corner of Massachusetts, at a lodging...
Where Rental Housing is Most Affordable
Among metropolitan areas of 1 million people or more, 2017 / SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
*This is income of renter households, not all households.

Renters in R.I. find housing more affordable than in most of...

Where is housing least affordable in the United States?The most-cited measure has been the National Association of Realtors’ affordability index, which tracks whether median-income...

Tourists are coming back

The storyline goes something like this: Dislike and/or fear of President Donald Trump, tougher visa rules and border enforcement, and reports of hostility to...
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