Category: Affordable Housing Innovations

Shifting economies, shifting tenures, and preservation

15 January, 2005 (14:35) | Affordable Housing Innovations, Essential posts, Finance, Housing, Markets, Primer posts, Public-private partnerships, Tenure |

A home is both a physical space and a tenure configuration.  The former is very hard to change, the latter sometimes surprisingly easy, as apartments can be sold off as condominiums:  Another [Boston-area] developer plans to capitalize on a hot condo market by selling off its rental apartments to home buyers.  Of course, the same […]

When does public property become a private good?

5 January, 2005 (09:00) | Affordable Housing Innovations, Essential posts, Government, Housing, Policy, Primer posts, Public-private partnerships, Tenure |

You might think that a public street is a public way, but what if its abutters maintain it? Even in an ostensibly civilized environment — Boston, the Hub of the Universe — tempers flare to the point of blows and vandalism when it comes to that most precious of commodities, a shoveled-out parking space. For […]