Worcester an outlier in preventing opioid deaths

Although no single solution has been the magic bullet, there are signs Worcester is gaining ground. Of the 25 largest municipalities in Massachusetts, Worcester was one of five to see its opioid deaths per capita drop in 2016.

Worcester’s affordable housing gap

Seventy-four percent of renters who made below $35,000 a year paid more than 30 percent of their income in rent and utilities. Only 21 percent of renters making above $35,000 had such a heavy rent burden.

Worcester’s low-income renters bear heavy burden

When it comes to rent affordability, Worcester as a whole is a fairly ordinary American city. But, also like other American cities, Worcester has some problematic trends in its rental markets.

For Worcester’s three-deckers, it’s an old story

In his recent inaugural address, Mayor Joseph M. Petty said, “As a city, we need to have a conversation about housing.” If the age of Worcester’s three-deckers is any indication, the mayor is absolutely right to make this a priority.

Blockchain, not Bitcoin, is the future of cryptocurrency

Until recently, Bitcoin controlled 85 percent of the total cryptocurrency market value, or market cap. The other 15 percent was split between more than 680 competitors. But as Bitcoin’s price began to take off, competitors like Ethereum and Ripple XRP grew faster.