Mass Reboot Episode 2: Home

29 minutes

6/30/21--Welcome to the second episode of Mass Reboot, a summer podcast series about restarting Massachusetts after COVID-19 and what we lost along the way. Each week, we’ll dive into a sector of life in the commonwealth, exploring how the pandemic hit it, how it adapted, and how the people inside it envision a new normal.

This week: Home.

In a state where housing costs were already sky-high, what did the pandemic mean for people who lost jobs and wages? Did the shifting of populations and economic upheaval budge the housing or rental markets? And how did our ideas of home change when it became our only safe space for 15 months?

These are the questions hosts Libby Gormley, Steve Koczela, and Jennifer Smith seek to answer this week. Guests Denise Matthews-Turner of City Life / Vida Urbana, Jessie Partridge Guerrero of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and Symone Crawford of the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance weigh in on what they witnessed during the pandemic and what they predict the future holds for Massachusetts.

Next week: Transportation.


Mass Reboot is a production of The MassINC Polling Group, in association with CommonWealth Magazine. Our music is from Blue Dot Sessions. To help us make more episodes, donate at

A big thank you to our sponsor this week, Rasky Partners. They’re a long-time supporter of ours and a nationally recognized government affairs and communication firm. For over 30 years the team at Rasky has worked with all types of organizations, large and small, helping each one reach their business objectives through advocacy and storytelling. Find out more about Rasky Partners at

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