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A must-read page one story in the Globe today reports on a new Boston Foundation study that examines the reason why housing for average folks isn’t being built not just in Newton, but across the state.

The study found that surging land costs, along with the already-high price of labor and materials, make it nearly impossible for developers to build new housing most Boston-area residents can afford.

Left unchecked, the report’s authors said, the trend could turn the Boston area into a land mainly of luxury and low-income housing, with no home for the middle.

And here’s WBUR’s report.

“Unless we can find ways of bringing down land costs, zoning costs, construction costs, it will be almost impossible for any developer to put up housing in Greater Boston that working families can afford,” Barry Bluestone said.