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Edward L. Glaeser

An ice place to live

Make tax, immigration policy attractive, because Mass. weather isn’t

Spring officially arrived Wednesday, but you wouldn’t know it from the snow that still surrounds us. T.S. Eliot called April the cruelest month, but to me our long, wintry March feels worse. Greater Boston’s challenging climate makes the region’s economic success somewhat miraculous. But the tenuous nature of that success also means that we should be mindful of what brings new residents to Boston — and what might scare people way.

Last week, the Census released its estimates of the population of US metro areas in 2012. In a familiar pattern, the Sun Belt metropolises of Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles gained the most residents between 2011 and 2012. Yet the Boston area did remarkably well, adding 37,000 people. Our growth rate of 0.8 percent may not look huge, but it outpaced every other large Midwestern or Northeastern metropolitan area but Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.

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