Category: Apartments

Adding new dormers: Part 3, A list of suitable locations

17 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from last week’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith If Boston is to thrive, as we say yesterday then its universities must thrive, and for them to thrive, they want to grow, and for several of those domiciled in the city itself, the constraining factor is land that can be […]

Adding new dormers: Part 2, Armed with housing lists

14 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post confronted us with the centrality of Boston’s economy – that the city depends on the area’s universities, which among them have 250,000 students and out of which have spun aerospace, software, and genetic engineering inventions, innovations, and job a-plenty – and that the universities […]

Adding new dormers: Part 1, Where would you like me to put them?

13 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith With a quarter of a million students living in the immediate metropolitan area, more than half of them in universities domiciled in the city, Boston has as good a claim as any to be the world’s university capital, counting 60 institutions of higher learning, eight of them (BU, Harvard, Northeastern, BC, […]

Poor poor pitiful door: Part 5, About a year

18 September, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith By now, after four parts on a GAIA (God Ain’t It Awful) story about the separation of entrances in a fantastically located mixed-income property on New York’s West Side, readers may have deduced that I think […]

Poor poor pitiful door: part 4, Loophole du jour

17 September, 2014 (10:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 3 observed the egalitarianism paradox of ‘poor door’ apartments – that properties which otherwise would have been entirely segregated (100% luxury, 0% affordable) are criticized as exclusionary because the new apartments developed – with no government […]