Category: Density

Month in Review: August, 2014: Part 2, Longest

14 October, 2014 (09:00) | Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Eminent domain, Harbor Towers, Housing, Infrastructure, Month in review, Urban renewal, Verticality, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from Friday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In the long, long month of August, I wrote three long pieces, none longer than the final one, a post that set a dubious personal record – ten parts! – in which I covered two hundred years of Boston history as seen through a time-lapse recollection of […]

Month in Review: August, 2014: Part 1, Long, longer

10 October, 2014 (09:00) | Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Eminent domain, Harbor Towers, Housing, Infrastructure, Month in review, Urban renewal, Verticality, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Whether by accident, laziness, or design, during August I wrote only three posts, but they were all mega-expositions: 3, 7, and 10 parts.  Long, longer, and longest The shortest was my piece about New York City (where else?), and the New York Times’s headline writers missing the point about properties that […]

Vertically Obsolete: Part 3, The political barriers to rezoning

6 August, 2014 (09:51) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, Density, Development, Economics, FAR, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, New York City, Rent stabilization, Rental, Verticality, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By:David A. Smith As we’ve seen in the preceding two parts, taking off from Josh Barro’s New York Times (June 7, 2014) article tacitly criticizing the Abington’s inclusionary-zoning affordable apartments for having ‘extremely expensive implicit subsidies’, a city must manage its verticality, both with the […]

Vertically Obsolete: Part 2, High implicit subsidies?

5 August, 2014 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, Density, Development, Economics, FAR, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Land use, New York City, Rent stabilization, Rental, Verticality, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith Yesterday post, using Josh Barro’s well-written if oddly titled New York Times (June 7, 2014) article about inclusionary zoning, took issue with Mr. Barro’s framing that the in-kind-in-situ (IKIS, in my acronym) inclusionary-zoning affordable apartments in the Abington, in ultra-hot West 30th Street, are ‘implicitly expensive’ when […]

Vertically obsolete: Part 1, Several families in Sunnyside?

4 August, 2014 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, Density, Development, Economics, FAR, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Land use, New York City, Rent stabilization, Rental, Verticality, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith Despite its author, Josh Barro, writing a good article about the complications of inclusionary zoning, the New York Times (June 7, 2014) chose a headline that sends the reader on a long misdirection: Affordable Housing That’s Very Costly As we’ll see, that’s misoriented in two ways: (1) the cause isn’t the housing […]