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Dain Research

Public Policy Research and Writing

 

Opinion pieces and articles


In Praise of Downtowns, Main Streets

CommonWealth Magazine

July 2021

Can Our Underperforming Asphalt Become Bustling Boulevards?

Banker and Tradesman

May 2021


Building a City Center Serving Six Cities

CommonWealth Magazine

March 2021


Trump's ‘Suburban Lifestyle Dream’ Is Real: Just Look At Greater Boston’s Housing Plans

WBUR

August 2020


Route 128 needs land use leadership

CommonWealth Magazine

January 2020


Greater Boston’s Architecture, Pretty in Pink

Medium.com

January 2020


Give accessory apartments a shot

CommonWealth Magazine

December 2019


Moving on from car-as-king development

CommonWealth Magazine

November 2019


Building connectedness with star power

CommonWealth Magazine

November 2019


Where should new housing go?

CommonWealth Magazine

November 2019


Day Trips in Greater Boston

Medium.com

November 2019


Guess what’s anchoring many small downtowns?

CommonWealth Magazine

December 2018


Stop poking the Bear

CommonWealth Magazine

June 2016 [Note: Pre-election.]

  

Should we smoot the subways?

CommonWealth Magazine

April 2016


Are dashboards the right tool to measure progress?

CommonWealth Magazine

February 2016


Municipalities shouldn’t go it alone on IT

CommonWealth Magazine

January 2016


In Newtonville, smart growth is taking hold

CommonWealth Magazine

January 2016


Boston Public Market: Looks great, makes sense

CommonWealth Magazine

December 2015


Brutalist buildings need some TLC

Commonwealth Magazine

November 2015


The state should encourage accessory apartments

CommonWealth Magazine

October 2015


Riley’s turnaround effort bigger than schools

CommonWealth Magazine

October 2015

Published papers


The State of Zoning for Multifamily Housing in Greater Boston

Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

June 2019


The State of Zoning for Accessory Dwelling Units

Pioneer Institute and Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

July 2018


Housing and Land Use Policy in Massachusetts:

Reforms for Affordability, Sustainability, and Superior Design

Pioneer Institute

February 2007


Residential Land-Use Regulation in Eastern Massachusetts:

A Study of 187 Communities

Pioneer Institute and Rappaport Institute

December 2005