Category: Development

After release from Coventry: Part 2, On a proper submission

10 July, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Cities, Density, Development, Don Chiofaro, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s post, using an article from the Boston Globe (June 25, 2014), the new Walsh Administration has taken a strikingly different approach to real estate development than did the Menino administrative dictatorship, and while so far all the moves are symbolic, they suggest […]

After release from Coventry: Part 1, Not worthy the cognizance

9 July, 2014 (10:25) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Cities, Density, Development, Don Chiofaro, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By:David A. Smith To have been sent to Coventry is regarded as to be absent. It is often used to punish people. – Wikipedia As new Boston mayor Marty Walsh sets his imprint on Boston’s governance, the city’s real estate development must be and is a centerpiece of his emerging policy, as reported in the […]

The making of the political atomic bomb

8 July, 2014 (14:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Development, Housing, linkage, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, urban issues, Urban Renewal, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith In electing Marty Walsh, the good people of Boston may soon discover they got much more of a mayor than they thought they were electing.  Do you swear to defy expectations? After two decades of Mayor Pothole’s glad-handing bonhomie as camouflage for grudge-bearing imperialism, new Mayor Walsh is showing that he […]

Occupancy if not ownership: Part 2, A place is only a place

7 July, 2014 (13:48) | Archdiocese of Boston, churches, Development, occupancy, ownership, Property Rights, Scituate, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith Yesterday’s post on the deconsecrated Boston-area churches, using two recent stories in the Boston Globe (June 22, 2014; blue font) and the Boston Herald (June 22, 2014), highlighted that after a ten-year canonical appeals process, the Vatican denied the petitioners’ request for the archdiocese of Boston to […]

Occupancy if not ownership: Part 1, Parting from friends is a sadness

3 July, 2014 (10:01) | Archdiocese of Boston, churches, Development, occupancy, ownership, property rights, Scituate, speculation, theory, US news | No comments

By:David A. Smith  Emotionally if not legally, possession is nine-tenths of the law, and in real estate, occupancy is nine-tenths of possession, emotionally if not legally or contractually. Ownership is a legal condition and it is also a state of mind: the longer we are able to occupy a place, regularly even if not continuously, […]