Category: BRA

Month in Review, September, 2014: Part 2, Decisions small and big

12 November, 2014 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Casinos, China, Eminent domain, Everett, GAIA, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Markets, Martin J. Walsh, Month in review, New York City, Speculation, Thomas Menino | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, roughly half of my September posting concerned itself with scandals, one overhyped and one underappreciated – but of course scandals are only the outcome of decisions gone wrong (at least from somebody’s perspective), and the other September posts explored […]

Month in Review, September 2014: Part 1, Scandals faux and real

11 November, 2014 (09:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Casinos, China, Eminent domain, Everett, GAIA, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Markets, Martin J. Walsh, Month in review, New York City, Speculation, Thomas Menino | No comments

By: David A. Smith Because it lies at the intersection of both personal issues and political ones, housing generally, and affordable housing particularly, is fertile ground for journalists seeking scandal stories, and in September I profiled two of them, one faux and one real. And I’d never get any ratings at all For all that […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 4, “The BRA? That’s me!”

11 September, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith “The BRA?  That’s me!” As we saw yesterday, the BRA had no internal accountability (of its employees, who were never performance-reviewed), and no external accountability (to its stakeholders, who were cowed into silence).  Sources used in this post […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 3, An abject mess

10 September, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith No transparency, no records, no tracking systems – is it any wonder that the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has been leaving money on the table, and agreements unenforced or even unmonitored? Just collecting the overtime, sir Sources used in this post […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 2, Incapable of performing basic functions

9 September, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In writing this multi-part part on the utter disgrace that is the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), in contrast to the journalists who splashed out the uncollected sums as eye-grabbers for low-information voters, I have deliberately started small – with the authority’s complete opacity to any public […]