Category: Chapter 40B

Month in Review, February, 2013: Part 2, All finance is global

26 April, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Argentina, Bankruptcy, Boston, CalPERS, Chapter 40B, Eurozone, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, Month in review, Rating agencies, Redevelopment, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] ­­ [Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 13, Dec 12, Nov 12, Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   You deserve a break today   Turning from the local to the national, I reported, with no little righteous, on the […]

Month in Review, February, 2013: Part 1, All real estate is local

25 April, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Argentina, Bankruptcy, Boston, CalPERS, Chapter 40B, Eurozone, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, Month in review, Rating agencies, Redevelopment, US News, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 13, Dec 12, Nov 12, Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   It all depends on what you think ‘local’ is   We think of home as a place of safety where we keep the dangerous world out, […]

If you can’t beat ‘em, build ‘em: Part 2, we fought George III on that

22 February, 2013 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Chapter 40B, Development, Hingham, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, MEEs, NIMBY, Rental, Zoning | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post began with the happy ending – eight new homes, two of which are affordable and all eight of which will count as affordable, being developed in bucolic Hingham, Massachusetts, as reported by Jessica Bartlett (who’s covered these developments from the beginning) in a […]

If you can’t beat ‘em, build ‘em: Part 1, sully our aesthetic?

21 February, 2013 (16:12) | Affordable Housing, Chapter 40B, Development, Hingham, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, MEEs, NIMBY, Rental, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   As the purpose of laws and money (the two products of our government factories) is to reshape ecosystems and hence to reorient and change market participation behavior, they need to be judged not principally at inception but when the ecosystem has been remade and is in equilibrium, with the ecosystem’s creatures […]

When markets back up

19 December, 2011 (18:17) | Affordability, Chapter 40B, Homeownership, Housing, Incentives, Inclusionary zoning, Markets, Massachusetts, Programs, US News | 1 comment

 By: David A. Smith   For something so simple to say, affordability proves surprisingly mutable as a concept, and whatever definition you use can be turned upside down by unexpected market developments – and that can lead to some mighty curious responses by market and government participants.   Didn’t plan on that   While it […]