Category: Affordable Housing

Milton’s paradise lost? Part 3: Endanger seniors by delaying ambulances

21 October, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Chapter 40B, Cities, Development, Homeownership, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Milton, Rental, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith “What is dark within me, illumine.” ― John Milton, Paradise Lost Milton, as we’ve seen in preceding two parts, is a town where time – at least in the sense of real estate development – has largely stopped, though with the […]

Milton’s paradise lost? Part 2: You will be hard pressed

20 October, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Chapter 40B, Cities, Development, Homeownership, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Milton, Rental, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from Friday's Part 1.] “We know no time when we were not as now.” ― John Milton, Paradise Lost As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, the Town of Milton is currently grappling with the challenge of preparing, approving, and then submitting to DHCD a Housing Production Plan, in hopes that […]

Milton’s paradise lost?: Part 1, A suburb of Boston

17 October, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Chapter 40B, Cities, Development, Homeownership, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Milton, Rental, Zoning | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith “What think’st thou then of mee, and this my State, Seem I to thee sufficiently possest Of happiness, or not?” ― John Milton, Paradise Lost Judging by their words as reported in a recent Boston Globe (September 11, 2014) article, for the happy residents, Milton is an Eden threatened by evil: […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 4, “The BRA? That’s me!”

11 September, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith “The BRA?  That’s me!” As we saw yesterday, the BRA had no internal accountability (of its employees, who were never performance-reviewed), and no external accountability (to its stakeholders, who were cowed into silence).  Sources used in this post […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 3, An abject mess

10 September, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith No transparency, no records, no tracking systems – is it any wonder that the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has been leaving money on the table, and agreements unenforced or even unmonitored? Just collecting the overtime, sir Sources used in this post […]