Category: Boston

Public nuisance value

3 February, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Casinos, Cities, Gambling, Land use, Litigation, Martin J. Walsh, Public process, Wynn, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Actually, that’s just what they are hoping to do No one, least of all the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, could have been surprised when the City of Boston sued the commission; the newsworthy thing would have been not to sue, as implied if not directly reported by the Boston Globe (January 5, […]

Month in review, November 2014: Part 2, More Property, More Piracy?

24 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Amnesty, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Dormitories, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Informality, Month in review, Piracy, Pirates, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Pirates don’t like being the captive instead of the captor Yesterday’s Part 1 covering half of November’s posts explored how growth of the world’s population brings growth to people’s built environment and the infrastructure (including intangible infrastructure like laws and zoning), systems, and networks (including utilities), […]

Month in Review, November 2014: Part 1, More people, more property

23 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Amnesty, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Dormitories, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Informality, Month in review, Piracy, Pirates, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith As long as the world keeps making more people, the world needs more houses, and for there to be more houses, they must be developed, permitted, and physically located somewhere, and it was a principal topic of November’s short list of long posts (three, six, and six parts), starting with new […]

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 |

[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 |

[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 […]