Category: Boston

Month in Review: February, 2014: Part 2, Power to the people?

14 March, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Buses, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Infrastructure, Kenya, Kibera, Month in review, Nairobi, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning | No comments

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 14.]   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith     Many of my posts deal with the interface between essential dualities: formal versus informal, complexity versus scale, government versus markets, property versus capital, control versus chaos.  While some posts start at the macro and work […]

Month in Review: February, 2014: Part 1, Power corrupts

13 March, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Buses, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Infrastructure, Kenya, Kibera, Month in review, Nairobi, redevelopment authorities, San Francisco, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning | No comments

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 14.]   By:David A. Smith   During February, I took the opportunity to spend eight parts taking to task a Boston Globe expose article, published at least five and probably ten years too late, of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s slow and effective conversion of the allegedly independent […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 8, How to fix the BRA in eight steps

20 February, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning | No comments

By:David A. Smith     [Continued from yesterday's Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   By now, with the record fully documented, readers can see that the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s drift away from what it could have been, and into the personal plaything of […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 7, A lie foisted upon the public

19 February, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith     [Continued from yesterday's Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   As the preceding parts have made clear, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has been operating for several years as an unaccountable secretive agency in which no outsiders need apply – only those pre-vetted […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 6, And we all shut up

18 February, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   In our continuing descent into the BRA’s camouflaged processes and arbitrary decisions, we discovered the critical importance of being guided by those who hold a political laissez-passer – the mayor’s friends, campaign donors and workers, […]