Category: Affordable Housing

Month in Review: July, 2014: Part 1, Cities and housing

21 August, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Apartments, Boston, BRA, Cities, Development, Month in review, New York City, Occupancy, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent stabilization, Rental, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith Housing, I have said over and over, is what makes cities, and the converse is true.  Among land use, zoning, taxation, economic development, and urban renewal, a city can help its housing markets thrive or wither – or, as in New York City, it can put them in an extended chokehold, […]

After release from Coventry: Part 2, On a proper submission

10 July, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Chiofaro, Cities, Density, Development, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s post, using an article from the Boston Globe (June 25, 2014), the new Walsh Administration has taken a strikingly different approach to real estate development than did the Menino administrative dictatorship, and while so far all the moves are symbolic, they suggest […]

After release from Coventry: Part 1, Not worthy the cognizance

9 July, 2014 (10:25) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Chiofaro, Cities, Density, Development, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By:David A. Smith To have been sent to Coventry is regarded as to be absent. It is often used to punish people. – Wikipedia As new Boston mayor Marty Walsh sets his imprint on Boston’s governance, the city’s real estate development must be and is a centerpiece of his emerging policy, as reported in the […]

The making of the political atomic bomb

8 July, 2014 (14:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Development, Housing, Linkage, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Urban issues, Urban renewal, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith In electing Marty Walsh, the good people of Boston may soon discover they got much more of a mayor than they thought they were electing.  Do you swear to defy expectations? After two decades of Mayor Pothole’s glad-handing bonhomie as camouflage for grudge-bearing imperialism, new Mayor Walsh is showing that he […]

Condemnation by imputation: Part 6, When I can hear it beat out loud!

30 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Crime, Development, Discrimination, Eminent domain, Historic rehab, Housing, Income mixing, Real estate taxes, Section 8, Urban renewal |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart. When I can hear it beat out loud! – Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street Readers still following this analysis after five previous parts will have agreed with my conclusion, […]