Category: Cities

Month in Review: September, 2016

4 January, 2017 (09:00) | Bent Flyvbjerg, budgeting, Cities, funeral homes, Housing, megaprojects, Olympics, Speculation, Urbanism, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   In this blog’s second decade, my posts have evolved away from reaction shots to short-term events – the world already has more of them than it needs, it doesn’t need mine – and have instead become a published commonplace book of discursive essays, wherein I exploit the freedom of […]

Boojum: Yes, that’ll really help

18 October, 2016 (09:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Cities, Government, Housing, Redevelopment, Urban renewal |

  By: David A. Smith   When Marty Walsh was elected mayor of Boston over 1,000 days ago, he called the BRA a mess; said he would conduct a search for a new executive director; commissioned audits and reports; received a scathing, irrefutably documented McKinsey operational review of a deeply dysfunctional agency; said he intended […]

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 8, Vacated property is snatched up

13 October, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, cemeteries, Cities, Density, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Speculation, Urbanization, US News |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.]   As we’ve seen earlier in this post, twenty-first century American death often comes upon us with plenty of warning, changing the nature of when and where we grieve, and […]

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 7, Out of burial space in five years

12 October, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, cemeteries, Cities, Density, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Speculation, Urbanization, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]     By now this multi-part post has made evident that the American Way of Death, which Jessica Mitford so savaged [Possibly unfairly, though not having read the book I have no opinion […]

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 6, The remnants of families

11 October, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, cemeteries, Cities, Density, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Speculation, Urbanization, US News |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   As the previous parts of this unusually protracted post have demonstrated, the funeral homes captures a bygone era in its ethos – the ethos of death and its aftermath (dying far from home, […]