Category: Churches

The ghost in the shell: Part 2, Render unto Scituate

1 March, 2017 (09:00) | Churches, Development, F.X. Cabrini, Housing, Land value, Nonprofits, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Scituate |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw yesterday, my morbid fascination with the deconsecration, closure, occupancy-vigil, and litigation of St. Frances X. Cabrini Catholic Church in Scituate has caused me to track it past the media’s loss-of-interest point (the vigilers’ peaceful departure) and to the question, is […]

The ghost in the shell: Part 1, I am the redevelopment and reuse

28 February, 2017 (09:00) | Churches, Development, F.X. Cabrini, Housing, Land value, Nonprofits, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Scituate | 1 comment

  By: David A. Smith   What comes after death?   What worth the body when the spirit has fled?   For human beings, any affirmative answer rests on faith, because we know what happens to the shell of our selves; it goes into the earth or into the fire.  But what happened to a […]

Catechism of closure: Part 9, A place is only a place

15 November, 2016 (09:00) | Boston, Catholic Church, Churches, Eviction, Housing, Land use economics, Law, Ownership, Redevelopment, religion, Scituate, US News | 1 comment

[Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.]   By: David A. Smith   Now, in the ninth and ultimate part of this post, one short of the number of commandments, the parishioners have decamped from their occupancy/ vigil, the archdiocese has […]

Catechism of closure: Part 8, Until they find something permanent

14 November, 2016 (09:00) | Boston, Catholic Church, Churches, Eviction, Land use economics, Law, Ownership, Redevelopment, religion, Scituate, US News |

[Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.]                                                                                                              By: David A. Smith   [Once again, sorry for slow posting – the Kuwait work proved intense for a further week. – Ed.]   “And I know dismal”   Economists are fond of quoting Thomas […]

Catechism of closure: Part 7, And then they locked the door

9 November, 2016 (09:00) | Boston, Catholic Church, Churches, Eviction, Housing, Land use economics, Law, Ownership, Redevelopment, religion, Scituate, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   Though it’s taken me six parts and several weeks to reach this point, we finally come to the Archdiocese’s recovery of its property that had been illegally occupied (though the occupiers and […]