Category: Chapter 121A

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 […]

Month in Review: September, 2015: Part 2, When things are getting better

13 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Berlin, Chapter 121A, Global news, Homeownership, Housing, London, Markets, Month in review, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Rental, Tax abatement |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] After having written in August about the three laws of urbanization, I followed up in September by chronicling the future – that is, what will happen in Germany and Berlin now that the nation has authorized, and the city has adopted, a seemingly benign form of […]

Month in Review: September, 2015: Part 1, When things are getting worse

9 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Berlin, Chapter 121A, Global news, Homeownership, Housing, London, Markets, Month in review, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Rental, Tax abatement |

By: David A. Smith Something really awful over here! During September, I returned yet again, like a bloodhound to a foul-smelling mound of earth, to the seemingly endless maze of doublethink connivances related to public-employee pension fund accounting, management, overspending, and general defalcation, with the discovery of the cottage industry of strategically underestimating costs of […]

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 […]