Category: Cities

After release from Coventry: Part 2, On a proper submission

10 July, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Cities, Density, Development, Don Chiofaro, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s post, using an article from the Boston Globe (June 25, 2014), the new Walsh Administration has taken a strikingly different approach to real estate development than did the Menino administrative dictatorship, and while so far all the moves are symbolic, they suggest […]

After release from Coventry: Part 1, Not worthy the cognizance

9 July, 2014 (10:25) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Cities, Density, Development, Don Chiofaro, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By:David A. Smith To have been sent to Coventry is regarded as to be absent. It is often used to punish people. – Wikipedia As new Boston mayor Marty Walsh sets his imprint on Boston’s governance, the city’s real estate development must be and is a centerpiece of his emerging policy, as reported in the […]

The development of trust: Part 2, How to disagree

19 June, 2014 (08:49) | Cities, Development, economics, housing, New Haven, partnership, real estate taxes, theory, trust, Yale, zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith  As we saw yesterday, development (of real estate) takes trust, and trust (of another person) takes time to develop, and the swansong duet of retiring New Haven mayor John DeStefano (now a Yale professor) and retiring Yale president Richard C. Levin, reported last summer in the New […]

The development of trust: Part 1, How to agree

18 June, 2014 (08:14) | Cities, Development, economics, housing, mayors, New Haven, partnership, real estate taxes, theory, trust, Yale, zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Next to parenting (a commitment for eternity and beyond) and marriage (intended to last ‘til death do us part), real estate development takes the most trust in the future. Investing money into the built environment is an irreversible commitment – liquid flexible capital gets nitrogen-fixed into a location and can never be […]

Block by block

23 May, 2014 (10:40) | Auctions, Bankruptcy, Cities, Detroit, Homeownership, Housing, Markets, Municipal bankruptcy, Theory, Uncategorized, urban homesteading, US News |

 By: David A. Smith For all the pixels burned crying panic at the possibility of Detroit filing bankruptcy, for all the specious unfounded blather that municipal bankruptcy was illegal, couldn’t possibly do good and would instead do incalculable harm, so far everything that has happened since Detroit filed has been good … but practical progress sells […]