Category: Affordability

Adding new dormers: Part 3, A list of suitable locations

17 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from last week’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith If Boston is to thrive, as we say yesterday then its universities must thrive, and for them to thrive, they want to grow, and for several of those domiciled in the city itself, the constraining factor is land that can be […]

Adding new dormers: Part 2, Armed with housing lists

14 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post confronted us with the centrality of Boston’s economy – that the city depends on the area’s universities, which among them have 250,000 students and out of which have spun aerospace, software, and genetic engineering inventions, innovations, and job a-plenty – and that the universities […]

Adding new dormers: Part 1, Where would you like me to put them?

13 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith With a quarter of a million students living in the immediate metropolitan area, more than half of them in universities domiciled in the city, Boston has as good a claim as any to be the world’s university capital, counting 60 institutions of higher learning, eight of them (BU, Harvard, Northeastern, BC, […]

Vertically Obsolete: Part 3, The political barriers to rezoning

6 August, 2014 (09:51) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, Density, Development, Economics, FAR, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, New York City, Rent stabilization, Rental, Verticality, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By:David A. Smith As we’ve seen in the preceding two parts, taking off from Josh Barro’s New York Times (June 7, 2014) article tacitly criticizing the Abington’s inclusionary-zoning affordable apartments for having ‘extremely expensive implicit subsidies’, a city must manage its verticality, both with the […]

Vertically Obsolete: Part 2, High implicit subsidies?

5 August, 2014 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, Density, Development, Economics, FAR, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Land use, New York City, Rent stabilization, Rental, Verticality, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By:David A. Smith Yesterday post, using Josh Barro’s well-written if oddly titled New York Times (June 7, 2014) article about inclusionary zoning, took issue with Mr. Barro’s framing that the in-kind-in-situ (IKIS, in my acronym) inclusionary-zoning affordable apartments in the Abington, in ultra-hot West 30th Street, are ‘implicitly expensive’ when […]