Category: Density

Shadow housing: Part 3, Not a one-and-done

5 May, 2017 (09:00) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning | No comments

    [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   “It appears that our minds will never meet on this subject.” “If someone asks you why you’re oppressing a world and you reply with a lot of poetic crap, no. I guess there can’t be a meeting of […]

Shadow housing: Part 2, 0.3% of the daylight exposure

26 April, 2017 (09:19) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   “So they play that on their fascist banjos, eh?” “You choose the wrong adjective.” “You’ve already used up all the others.” – Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light   As we saw in Part 1, the Friends of the Public Garden have set their opposition […]

Shadow housing: Part 1, $35 million for public housing

24 April, 2017 (09:00) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   “You talk as if we desire perpetually this burden of godhood, as if we seek to maintain a dark age that we may know forever the wearisome condition of our enforced divinity!” “In a word,” said Sam, “yes.” – Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light   And here I thought […]

Stupid is as stupid zones: Part 7, As anyone who has flown over it

4 April, 2017 (08:30) | Density, Exclusion, Housing, Land use, Local Government, London, Los Angeles, NIMBY, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay: The Deserted Village (1770), Oliver Goldsmith   As we’ve seen in a post scarcely shorter than a […]

Stupid is as stupid zones: Part 6, The vociferist’s veto

3 April, 2017 (08:30) | Density, Exclusion, Housing, Land use, Local Government, London, Los Angeles, NIMBY, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   Ye friends to truth, ye statesmen who survey The rich man’s joys encrease, the poor’s decay, ‘Tis yours to judge, how wide the limits stand Between a splendid and a happy land. The Deserted […]