Category: Chelsea

Always wary: Part 7, How our choice reflects trust and faith

28 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Boston, Chelsea, Communities, Corruption, HOPE VI, Housing, Income mixing, Informality, Innovations, Neighborhood, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, RAD, Redevelopment, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith For a little more than a decade, the decline of public housing – a bipartisan and continuous abnegation of policy and political responsibility spanning many Administrations and Congresses – has made me […]

Always wary: Part 6, Why we fear to hope

27 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Boston, Chelsea, Communities, Corruption, HOPE VI, Income mixing, Informality, Innovations, Neighborhood, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, RAD, Redevelopment, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Though the transformation of Bunker Hill public housing will be completely new to the current residents, it’s not at all new to public housing – indeed, Mission Main (the old Mission Park), Orchard Gardens […]

Always wary: Part 5, How the journey changes who we are

26 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Boston, Chelsea, Communities, Corruption, HOPE VI, Housing, Income mixing, Informality, Innovations, Neighborhood, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, RAD, Redevelopment, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith As shown in the previous parts of this post, the future of Bunker Hill public housing requires radical change, change that is promised to be not only comprehensive but also comprehensively better: brand-new apartments, a lively […]

Always wary: Part 4, Why we fear a better tomorrow won’t be ours

23 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Boston, Chelsea, Communities, Corruption, HOPE VI, Housing, Income mixing, Informality, Innovations, Neighborhood, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, RAD, Redevelopment, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith So far in this story of the possible comprehensive redevelopment of Bunker Hill public housing – in which everything will change except the location and those public housing tenant households who migrate across the demolition, new construction, re-tenanting, […]

Always wary: Part 3, How we imagine a better tomorrow

22 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Boston, Chelsea, Communities, Corruption, HOPE VI, Housing, Income mixing, Informality, Innovations, Neighborhood, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, RAD, Redevelopment, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s Part 2, most legacy public housing today is deeply income concentrated, physically obsolescent, and socially isolated and apart from the surrounding community.  Columbia Point, as built, after the Kennedy Library and with the beginnings of UMass […]