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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...

Can parks, libraries heal wounds?

There’s this new park in Tulsa, Okla., and it’s amazing. I went on a weekday afternoon last month expecting calm and quiet and instead...

Freelancing’s fitful rise in the jobs landscape

I recently checked into a hotel on the outskirts of Lexington, Ky. I wanted to have dinner downtown but I had already driven for...

Why housing is tanking in Northeast

Sales of new single-family houses were down 13.2 percent in September from a year earlier, the Census Bureau reported recently. That’s a lot –...

Government work out of fashion

While overall U.S. nonfarm ­payroll employment went up by 201,000 in August, according to the Sept. 7 jobs report from the Bureau of Labor...

Don’t let sports make you miserable

I was meeting somebody for a drink after work recently but was running a little early, so I sat down on a bench in...
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