Category: BRA

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 […]

Still blighted after all these years? Part 2, It doesn’t make much sense

7 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 1.] Yesterday’s Part 1 introduced the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s charm offensive to persuade its authorizers – the Boston City Council and then the state legislature – that it deserves to have its six decade charter extended for another decade, and as reported in the Boston Globe (17 […]

Still blighted after all these years? Part 1, Decades of negative history

6 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 More than 58 years ago, you were established and given plenipotentiary powers – to approve, as the sole decision-maker, all property development decisions over the most important parts of your city; to approve unilaterally Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) agreements under Chapter 121A; and to take property by eminent domain.  You gained this power […]

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 3, “Utilize outside political channels or threaten to leave”

31 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established in the two preceding parts, inspired by a recent article in the Boston Globe (July 16, 2015) covering a McKinsey report commissioned by the Walsh Administration on the state of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the authority had no rules […]

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 2, “Endlessly tied up until they just fade away”

30 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established yesterday, the report received by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and published with commendable transparency performed one of the functions for which management consultants are classically hired: to document via a third party what the client itself believed but would prefer not to say […]