Category: Development

No new housing, no new jobs

18 August, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Cities, Development, Development economics, Economic development, Essential posts, Housing, London, Supply, Theory, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Want more jobs in your community?  Add more affordable housing. That’s not just logic, it’s also supported by evidence, and reported in The Economist (July 19, 2015): Since the financial crisis, sagging productivity growth has given politicians and economists alike sleepless nights.  In America productivity has risen by just 9% since […]

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 3, “Utilize outside political channels or threaten to leave”

31 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established in the two preceding parts, inspired by a recent article in the Boston Globe (July 16, 2015) covering a McKinsey report commissioned by the Walsh Administration on the state of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the authority had no rules […]

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 2, “Endlessly tied up until they just fade away”

30 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established yesterday, the report received by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and published with commendable transparency performed one of the functions for which management consultants are classically hired: to document via a third party what the client itself believed but would prefer not to say […]

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 1, “Essentially no zoning rules”

29 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Even as a candidate Marty Walsh had to have known that upon becoming mayor he would have to reform the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which over the two decades of Tom Menino’s mayoralty parlayed its monopoly over all development approval in the City of Boston into a personal fiefdom that not only […]

It’s nothing personal

16 July, 2015 (10:00) | BRA, Cambridge, Development, Ethics, Governance, Housing, Joseph Tulimieri, Public agencies, Public-employee pensions, Redevelopment agencies | No comments

By: David A. Smith Agent Rogersz: Good evening, Otto. This is agent Rogersz. I’m going to ask you a few questions. And since time is short and you may lie, I’m going to have to torture you. But I want you to know it isn’t personal. Repo Man (1984) I’m with the Ethics Commission To […]