Category: Affordable Housing

History of a plot: Part 2, Crossing Delancey

15 April, 2014 (01:12) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire. – Christopher Lehmann-Haupt Yesterday’s Part 1 introduced us to William Rapfogel, protege of both Sheldon Silver (Assemblyman from the Lower East Side, and long-serving Speaker of the New York Assembly) and Ed Koch (mayor from 1978 […]

History of a plot: Part 1, The sixties

14 April, 2014 (15:58) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, Poverty, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

Storytelling is about two things; it’s about character and plot. – George Lucas. By: David A. Smith They grew up in the same circles, and they came of age politically together.  For almost four decades, they did favors for one another, because that is what friends do.  Eventually, one of them, the youngest, the protege, […]

And if requiring fail? Part 2, is stronger than its execution

21 March, 2014 (09:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, de Blasio, Development, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, New York City, Theory, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday we saw that during his populist redistributionist campaign,  now-mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio claimed he would be able to produce 50,000 affordable apartments, basically for free (i.e. no taxpayer money), through enactment of mandatory inclusionary zoning.  He based this boast on […]

And if requiring fail? Part 1, The threat

20 March, 2014 (10:56) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, de Blasio, Development, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, New York City, Theory, US News | No comments

By:David A. Smith   As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration starts with a bang (such as his assault on charter schools) and aggressively reversal of many Bloombergian policies (such as stop-and-frisk, which seemed sensible to me), what will he do with housing?   I’m only listening to you until the cameras go […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 8, How to fix the BRA in eight steps

20 February, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning | No comments

By:David A. Smith     [Continued from yesterday's Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   By now, with the record fully documented, readers can see that the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s drift away from what it could have been, and into the personal plaything of […]