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Why Families Can’t Afford City Living

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May 9, 2016
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Stephanie Leydon-WGBH News

The view from the back porch of Karen Smith’s home in North Allston hasn’t changed, but the feel of the neighborhood has.  It was once filled with families.  Kids hopped the backyard fence to play with friends.  Smith recalls what it was like when her son was growing up here.

“When the kids were little and running around, there were Saturdays when I probably made 13 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, ” recalls Smith.

These days most of  the kids in Smith’s neighborhood are “Millennials” – the generation of young people in their twenties and early thirties.  They are moving to Boston in record numbers for jobs and graduate school.

“We’re a great location for getting great places to work whether it’s Cambridge, Boston, Watertown and Newton,” said Smith.  “And its more affordable than other parts of the city.  Although, I think that’s changing.”

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