Category: Construction

Too many rules? Part 4, Charged her twice, wait three months for a refund

19 October, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Construction, Density, Development, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Law, Permits, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Sources on zoning and unpermitted building AHI: Forgiveness beats permission? (April 29, 2005; brown font) AHI: Zoning high noon (September 26, 2010; forest green font) AHI: High noon again? (September 22, 2011; pastel blue font) AHI: Death comes […]

Too many rules? Part 3, A problem that needs ‘clarifying’

16 October, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Construction, Density, Development, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Law, Permits, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In the two preceding parts of this post, readers may have been following the machinations of City of Boston administrative procedures, but in so doing you have been experiencing a mild version of what people in emerging countries experience much of […]

Too many rules? Part 2, A logjammed system

15 October, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Construction, Density, Development, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Law, Permits, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1, which opened our case file on the prospect of a quicky, cheapie permit – an ‘at-risk’ permit which is legally no permit at all – established that under normal circumstances, even minor changes to a property’s use can take six months of human […]

Too many rules? Part 1, No one can tell me how long

14 October, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Construction, Density, Development, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Law, Permits, Urbanization, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith Sources on zoning and unpermitted building AHI: Forgiveness beats permission? (April 29, 2005; brown font) AHI: Zoning high noon (September 26, 2010; forest green font) AHI: High noon again? (September 22, 2011; pastel blue font) AHI: Death comes for the arch-builder (March 13, 2012; brick red font) Boston Globe (August 12, […]

Cargo cult architecture: Part 2, The unbuilt reality

8 November, 2013 (09:00) | Architecture, Calatrava, Cities, Construction, Economic development, Economics, Infrastructure, Leaks, Liability, Municipal finance, New York City, Spain, Valencia |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post introduced architect Santiago Calatrava’s ever-more-costly port authority train station intended to undergird the rebuilt World Trade Center site, using a New York Times (September 25, 2013) takedown of Mr. Calatrava’s imperious disregard for physics, engineering, climate, and people – in favor, it must […]