Category: Boston Redevelopment Authority

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 […]

Boojum: Yes, that’ll really help

18 October, 2016 (09:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Cities, Government, Housing, Redevelopment, Urban renewal |

  By: David A. Smith   When Marty Walsh was elected mayor of Boston over 1,000 days ago, he called the BRA a mess; said he would conduct a search for a new executive director; commissioned audits and reports; received a scathing, irrefutably documented McKinsey operational review of a deeply dysfunctional agency; said he intended […]

Month in Review, October, 2015: Part 2, The impossibility of stopping

6 November, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Air rights, Apartments, Blackstone, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Chapter 121A, Charlestown, Eminent domain, Land use, Month in review, PILOTs, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Tax abatement, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1, retrospectively reorganizing October’s posts, all of which in one way or another concerned Boston, dealt with the obstacles that make (re)development appear psychologically impossible: guaranteed intense public opposition (often born of ignorance, some of experience); an agency that maintains a monopoly on approvals; […]

Month in Review, October, 2015: Part 1, The impossibility of starting

5 November, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Air rights, Apartments, Blackstone, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Chapter 121A, Charlestown, Eminent domain, Land use, Month in review, PILOTs, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Tax abatement, US News |

By: David A. Smith Nine years ago, I formulated the production paradox: Whatever a developer wants to do, the neighbors will oppose – and it has, I now realize that it has a curious further consequence that I describe (badly) as the Paradox of Development Friction: The Paradox of Development Possibility Until development starts, starting […]

Still blighted after all these years? Part 3, Open to change … just down the road

8 October, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Chapter 121A, Cities, Eminent domain, Housing, Kelo vs. New London, Land use, Urban renewal, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] As explored in yesterday’s Part 2, after Marty Walsh became Boston’s mayor in 2014, succeeding Tom Menino, who over the course of two decades had made his own both the corner office in City Hall and the BRA as an instrument […]