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I’m reporting full-time for The Boston Globe as a business correspondent throughout the latter half of 2021, just as the biz world emerges from the worst of the pandemic in the U.S. and corporate employers begin navigating a return to the office.
Total stories published: 30. Here are the highlights.
The pandemic upended corporate culture as workers traded office buildings for their kitchen tables. For most, the change was largely a matter of convenience. But for many people with disabilities, it was transformative.
Despite declining food insecurity throughout the year, hunger rates remain much higher now than in 2019. And with pandemic-era benefits ending soon, the recent federal boost to SNAP — its biggest-ever expansion — may not be enough to turn the tide.
From catering to frozen meals to home delivery, they’ve made major changes to survive the last 18 months.
QR codes on restaurant tables. Payments made without cash or cards. Orders placed through a tap on a phone screen. More than a year of social distancing has transformed the way brick-and-mortar businesses operate, and the digitized adaptations are likely here to stay.
Startups aim to tackle the challenge of using food that would otherwise be wasted.
There are more than 150,000 units of subsidized and affordable housing in Massachusetts. But actually finding a low-cost place to live can be really, really hard. Now a consortium of affordable-housing advocates and operators is trying to make it a little easier.
For now, though, buying a mask locally could be a challenge.
Lamar Letts found himself often having to water down all the popular, sugary sports drinks on the market — so he cooked up a new health beverage in his college dorm room. Now, at 27, he’s one of the youngest CEOs to have his product sold on Walmart.com.
The short-term rental giant disputes the findings, which suggest spread of listings has led to increase in reports of violent crimes in city neighborhoods.
With a new owner, the Plymouth & Brockton line was looking to turn a corner before the pandemic. Now it’s making a cautious comeback.
Businesses that count on customers being outdoors are trying to work around summer’s storms ― just as they were starting to recover from the pandemic.
“When people bring in something, it’s usually just like one or two holes. But now we’re seeing things that are insane. They look like Swiss cheese.”
Dianne Austin was battling breast cancer when she searched stores across Boston for a wig that looked like her natural curls. There weren’t many options for Black women like her, so she launched her own business to fill the gap. Now, she’s won $25,000 to help her continue her mission.
BREAKING NEWS / Briefs
Many feared the move would discourage customers from patronizing their already-struggling businesses. Others worried it might prompt more offices downtown to delay a
return to work. Yet some were relieved to have a higher authority step in at a moment
when the Delta variant poses new risks to their staff and patrons.
Entrepreneurship professionals in Boston on Tuesday kicked off an effort to guide teenagers into the world of real estate investing. Their goal: to cultivate more diversity in an industry that remains largely white.
The fund, formed in the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year, doled out $1 million of emergency funding in November to nonprofits addressing urgent issues in Black and brown communities relating to COVID-19 and police brutality.
Local coverage of Newton, Mass. from before I joined the Globe.
Residents who stroll through Newton this summer will be greeted by vibrant-hued pansies poking out from pots adorning outdoor dining spaces, planted by volunteers in hopes of driving business to local restaurants.
Just hop off the T, drop by the outdoor refrigerator and pick up some free food to take home when you need it. That’s what Newton residents will be able to do any hour of any day when the city’s first-ever Freedge opens in Nonantum on March 14.
“It’s interesting to see the number of patrons that want to go out and will dine outside during these frigid temperatures.”
The first cohort of Newton’s high schoolers returned to the school grounds Jan. 28 to find desks spaced 6 feet apart and one-way arrows guiding foot traffic through the hallways.