Category: Development

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 […]

The ghost in the shell: Part 2, Render unto Scituate

1 March, 2017 (09:00) | Churches, Development, F.X. Cabrini, Housing, Land value, Nonprofits, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Scituate | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw yesterday, my morbid fascination with the deconsecration, closure, occupancy-vigil, and litigation of St. Frances X. Cabrini Catholic Church in Scituate has caused me to track it past the media’s loss-of-interest point (the vigilers’ peaceful departure) and to the question, is […]

The ghost in the shell: Part 1, I am the redevelopment and reuse

28 February, 2017 (09:00) | Churches, Development, F.X. Cabrini, Housing, Land value, Nonprofits, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Scituate | 1 comment

  By: David A. Smith   What comes after death?   What worth the body when the spirit has fled?   For human beings, any affirmative answer rests on faith, because we know what happens to the shell of our selves; it goes into the earth or into the fire.  But what happened to a […]

What is efficiency? said jesting Pilate: Part 3, The judgment

8 February, 2017 (08:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Housing, Incentives, New York City, Real estate taxes, Section 421-a, Speculation, Subsidy, Tax abatement, US News |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As we’ve seen in Parts 1 and 2 of this surprisingly long post, seeking to reach a conclusion on the public-policy merits of New York’s section 421a tax abatement program, when applied to large condominium developments, Section 421a […]