New England Medical Center stop on the Orange Line, 10:25 p.m. yesterday. Is this Boston's fate?
So why is Boston shrinking? And how is it different from the great post-war deflation of the 1950s and '60s, when Boston's population shrank by roughly 300,000?
Aaron Margolis blames it on tax-and-spend, bilingual-education-favoring, anti-death-penalty, pro-gun-control gay-marriage-favoring Democrats who run the city and state.
Chris Cagle thinks it might be high housing prices, turning the city into a ghetto of rich empty-nesters. He notes the number of housing units in the city is actually up slightly:
... So the housing market has essentially displaced people living many-people-to-a-unit and replaced them with people living few-to-a-unit. ...
On Internet128, Mats ponders why more college students don't stay here after they graduate, and concludes: Boston hasn't been able to offer the same breadth of jobs as other cities after the dotcom bust.
What do you think?
Note: Jay Fitzgerald of the Herald gives credit to John Keith for being the first to put the numbers in their national context (i.e., that Boston lost a lot more people than any other city on a percentage basis).