Category: Condominiums

Houses sacred and profane: Part 3, rebirth into an afterlife

1 March, 2013 (16:29) | Architecture, Boston, churches, Cities, Condominiums, Historic, Innovations, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Rehab, Zoning |

[Concluded from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Church redevelopment into housing, as we’ve seen in the two preceding parts of this post inspired by a text from the Wall Street Journal (December 13, 2012), first requires that the church itself decide to sell the property and then […]

Houses sacred and profane: Part 2, rehab purgatory

28 February, 2013 (16:27) | Architecture, Boston, churches, Cities, Condominiums, Historic, Innovations, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Rehab, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post on converting churches into homes, using as its sermon text a Christmastime article from the Wall Street Journal (December 13, 2012), focused on why conversions are happening with increasing frequency now – declining parish activity and fortunes and rising urban residential demand had […]

Houses sacred and profane: Part 1, meeting their maker

27 February, 2013 (16:17) | Architecture, Boston, churches, Cities, Condominiums, Historic, Innovations, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Rehab, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   For some properties, a change of use is much more than merely a physical reconfiguration, it is also a reinvention of the building’s soul, or for some, a loss of that soul, especially when the transition is from a sacred use (a church or synagogue) into a profane one – housing […]

Why be fair when you can be popular?

12 December, 2012 (09:30) | Apartments, co-operatives, Condominiums, Local issues, New York, Real estate taxes, Rental, Taxation |

By:David A. Smith   Close study of politics will lower one’s view of human character, and the closer to personal pocketbook issues, the lower one’s opinion goes, as illustrated with complete credulous oblivion by two stories, Crains New York (November 16, 2012) and The Queens Courier (November 16, 2012) (blue font):   Co-op, condo taxes […]

Month in Review, December 2011

17 February, 2012 (09:03) | Admin, Condominiums, Homeownership, Housing, Incentives, Migration, Occupy movement, Real estate taxes, Tax abatement, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Nov 11, Oct 11, Sep 11, Aug 11, Jul 11, Jun 11, May 11, Apr 11, Mar 11, Feb 11, Jan 11]   By: David A. Smith     Is this the end of Modern Times?   During December, many things other than simply the calendar year ended, starting […]