Category: Cambridge

Housing photo of the day 03: the ultimate air bnb?

26 June, 2017 (09:00) | Cambridge, Homelessness, Housing, HPoD, Informality, libraries, Local issues |

By: David A. Smith   Homeless person’s shelter just out of shot   On summer weekends I play tennis outdoors, at the free Cambridge hard courts on the campus-like layout of both our high school (Cambridge Rindge and Latin) and the library (a Richardsonian core with a dramatic and airy expansion).   Richardsonian architecture at […]

It’s nothing personal

16 July, 2015 (10:00) | BRA, Cambridge, Development, Ethics, Governance, Housing, Joseph Tulimieri, Public agencies, Public-employee pensions, Redevelopment agencies |

By: David A. Smith Agent Rogersz: Good evening, Otto. This is agent Rogersz. I’m going to ask you a few questions. And since time is short and you may lie, I’m going to have to torture you. But I want you to know it isn’t personal. Repo Man (1984) I’m with the Ethics Commission To […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 3, Going through all the drama

21 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Over the sterile roads and the streets beyond – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) Our three-part journey into the etiquette, legality, and urban planning inherent in on-street parking of densely populated residential area, using as our seed an aren’t-people-piggy? oriented article in the […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 2, An hour to find a space

20 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Out of the City Point streets, the musical shuttle, – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, so long as the personal vehicle is an affordable mode of transportation, people want them, but even though we value the convenience of our own car, […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 1, It’s yours for a couple of days

19 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith I demand … parking Out of the parking endlessly circling, – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) As we humans are easily enslaved by our metal overlords, we gradually internalize our masters’ needs – their room for living space, their restless urge to roam, and their need for curbside access, as reported unsympathetically in […]