Category: business improvement district

Sub-cities? Part 3, A hollow urban core

3 January, 2014 (09:00) | business improvement district, Chicago, Cities, Innovations, Municipal Finance, Neighborhood, RDAs, Speculation, Theory, TIF, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   By now, carefully dismantling Aaron M. Renn’sinformative jeremiad inCity Journal (October 16, 2013), we’ve established that TIFs are used to fund particular bits of civic infrastructure, often with a private partner as principal developer, that would not be funded otherwise out […]

Sub-cities? Part 2, Insulating from poorer segments

2 January, 2014 (09:00) | business improvement district, Chicago, Cities, Innovations, Municipal Finance, Neighborhood, RDAs, Speculation, Theory, TIF, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post used as a springboard Aaron M. Renn’ssophist disquisition, published in City Journal (October 16, 2013), on Tax Increment Financing and its potential evils; as an important bit of logical argumentative housekeeping, I refuted one of Mr. Renn’s scandals of TIF misuse: a new […]

Sub-cities? Part 1, Generous to Chicago

31 December, 2013 (12:56) | business improvement district, Chicago, Cities, Innovations, Municipal Finance, Neighborhood, RDAs, Speculation, Theory, TIF, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Have some of our cities become too large – not physically (although that is clearly the case with Detroit), but politically? That’s the hypothesis I formed while reading Aaron M. Renn’s well-written polemic disguised as reporting in City Journal (October 16, 2013):   Passionate about cities: Aaron Renn Rahm Emanuel inherited […]

The rub of the green: Part 3, A dissolution of partnership?

30 August, 2012 (09:22) | Boston, business improvement district, Cities, Greenway, Non-Profits, Parks, public space, Subsidy, Theory |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   In the two posts so far we’ve seen that the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, birthed in a flash of public spirit, was abandoned on the doorstep of a conservancy:   When the Big Dig was in full swing, it easily […]

The rub of the green: Part 2, I become neglected, and am provided for

29 August, 2012 (09:30) | Boston, business improvement district, Cities, Greenway, Non-Profits, Parks, public space, Subsidy, Theory |

By:David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway chronicled its midwifery by cardinals on behalf of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who despite their collective vision neglected to assure its funding, and the cost of raising that charming little offspring are playing out now, as documented […]