Category: Boston

Month in Review: July, 2014: Part 2, Reality and theory

22 August, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Apartments, Boston, BRA, Chiofaro, Cities, Development, Month in review, New York City, Occupancy, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent stabilization, Rental, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] Doodling in 1312: merchants and their ships in Venice A blog, as these examples show, is a commonplace book, a scratchpad for the restless innovator, so it wanders whither it will, but now and then I am brought back to the topic at hand, as in […]

Month in Review: July, 2014: Part 1, Cities and housing

21 August, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Apartments, Boston, BRA, Cities, Development, Month in review, New York City, Occupancy, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent stabilization, Rental, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith Housing, I have said over and over, is what makes cities, and the converse is true.  Among land use, zoning, taxation, economic development, and urban renewal, a city can help its housing markets thrive or wither – or, as in New York City, it can put them in an extended chokehold, […]

That’s rich, Harbor Towers: Part 10, “Coming from the likes of you”

20 August, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Architecture, Boston, BRA, Chiofaro, Cities, Condominiums, Development, Downzoning, FHA Lending, Harbor Towers, History, I. M. Pei, Rental, Urban renewal, Waterfront, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 9 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.] Principal sources used in this post Chicago Tribune (February 7, 1993; olive-green font) Boston Globe (March 14, 2004; lavender font) Boston Globe (November 1, 2007; red […]

That’s rich, Harbor Towers: Part 9, The new neighbor, “A two-star hotel always under construction”

19 August, 2014 (10:00) | Apartments, Architecture, Boston, BRA, Chiofaro, Cities, Condominiums, Development, Downzoning, FHA Lending, Harbor Towers, History, I. M. Pei, Rental, Urban renewal, Waterfront, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 8 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.] Principal sources used in this post Chicago Tribune (February 7, 1993; olive-green font) Boston Globe (March 14, 2004; lavender font) Boston Globe (November 1, 2007; red font) Boston […]

That’s rich, Harbor Towers: Part 8, The HVAC replacement, “A certain godlike remoteness”

18 August, 2014 (11:02) | Apartments, Architecture, Boston, BRA, Chiofaro, Cities, Condominiums, Development, Downzoning, FHA Lending, Harbor Towers, History, I. M. Pei, Rental, Urban renewal, Waterfront, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from Friday's Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] Principal sources used in this post Chicago Tribune (February 7, 1993; olive-green font) Boston Globe (March 14, 2004; lavender font) Boston Globe (November 1, 2007; red font) Boston Globe (November 20, […]