Category: Boston

Shadow housing: Part 3, Not a one-and-done

5 May, 2017 (09:00) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning |

    [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   “It appears that our minds will never meet on this subject.” “If someone asks you why you’re oppressing a world and you reply with a lot of poetic crap, no. I guess there can’t be a meeting of […]

Shadow housing: Part 2, 0.3% of the daylight exposure

26 April, 2017 (09:19) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   “So they play that on their fascist banjos, eh?” “You choose the wrong adjective.” “You’ve already used up all the others.” – Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light   As we saw in Part 1, the Friends of the Public Garden have set their opposition […]

Shadow housing: Part 1, $35 million for public housing

24 April, 2017 (09:00) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning |

  By: David A. Smith   “You talk as if we desire perpetually this burden of godhood, as if we seek to maintain a dark age that we may know forever the wearisome condition of our enforced divinity!” “In a word,” said Sam, “yes.” – Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light   And here I thought […]

Month in Review: October, 2016

5 January, 2017 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Catholic Church, Economics, Housing, Land use, Month in review, religion, Scituate, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith Because my September multi-part post on funeral homes (excerpted in the previous Month-in-Review) drifted in to October, what remained of the month was dominated by a lengthy post but interrupted for an intellectual sorbet via a Boojum: Yes, that’ll really help: When Marty Walsh was elected mayor of Boston over 1,000 […]

Catechism of closure: Part 9, A place is only a place

15 November, 2016 (09:00) | Boston, Catholic Church, Churches, Eviction, Housing, Land use economics, Law, Ownership, Redevelopment, religion, Scituate, US News | 1 comment

[Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.]   By: David A. Smith   Now, in the ninth and ultimate part of this post, one short of the number of commandments, the parishioners have decamped from their occupancy/ vigil, the archdiocese has […]