Category: Affordable Housing

Month in Review, October, 2015: Part 2, The impossibility of stopping

6 November, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Air rights, Apartments, Blackstone, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Chapter 121A, Charlestown, Eminent domain, Land use, Month in review, PILOTs, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Tax abatement, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1, retrospectively reorganizing October’s posts, all of which in one way or another concerned Boston, dealt with the obstacles that make (re)development appear psychologically impossible: guaranteed intense public opposition (often born of ignorance, some of experience); an agency that maintains a monopoly on approvals; […]

Month in Review, October, 2015: Part 1, The impossibility of starting

5 November, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Air rights, Apartments, Blackstone, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Chapter 121A, Charlestown, Eminent domain, Land use, Month in review, PILOTs, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Tax abatement, US News |

By: David A. Smith Nine years ago, I formulated the production paradox: Whatever a developer wants to do, the neighbors will oppose – and it has, I now realize that it has a curious further consequence that I describe (badly) as the Paradox of Development Friction: The Paradox of Development Possibility Until development starts, starting […]

Still blighted after all these years? Part 3, Open to change … just down the road

8 October, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Chapter 121A, Cities, Eminent domain, Housing, Kelo vs. New London, Land use, Urban renewal, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] As explored in yesterday’s Part 2, after Marty Walsh became Boston’s mayor in 2014, succeeding Tom Menino, who over the course of two decades had made his own both the corner office in City Hall and the BRA as an instrument […]

Still blighted after all these years? Part 2, It doesn’t make much sense

7 October, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Chapter 121A, Cities, Eminent domain, Housing, Kelo vs. New London, Land use, Urban renewal, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] Yesterday’s Part 1 introduced the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s charm offensive to persuade its authorizers – the Boston City Council and then the state legislature – that it deserves to have its six decade charter extended for another decade, and as reported in the Boston Globe (17 […]

Still blighted after all these years? Part 1, Decades of negative history

6 October, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Chapter 121A, Cities, Eminent domain, Housing, Kelo vs. New London, Land use, Urban renewal, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith More than 58 years ago, you were established and given plenipotentiary powers – to approve, as the sole decision-maker, all property development decisions over the most important parts of your city; to approve unilaterally Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) agreements under Chapter 121A; and to take property by eminent domain.  You gained this power […]