Category: Dormitories

Adding new dormers: Part 3, A list of suitable locations

17 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from last week’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith If Boston is to thrive, as we say yesterday then its universities must thrive, and for them to thrive, they want to grow, and for several of those domiciled in the city itself, the constraining factor is land that can be […]

Adding new dormers: Part 2, Armed with housing lists

14 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post confronted us with the centrality of Boston’s economy – that the city depends on the area’s universities, which among them have 250,000 students and out of which have spun aerospace, software, and genetic engineering inventions, innovations, and job a-plenty – and that the universities […]

Adding new dormers: Part 1, Where would you like me to put them?

13 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith With a quarter of a million students living in the immediate metropolitan area, more than half of them in universities domiciled in the city, Boston has as good a claim as any to be the world’s university capital, counting 60 institutions of higher learning, eight of them (BU, Harvard, Northeastern, BC, […]

Entrepreneurial barracks: Part 2, the furious future?

17 July, 2012 (10:08) | Apartments, Cities, Dormitories, Entrepreneur, Hostels, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Rental, Rooming Houses, San Francisco, Tenure |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post introduced us, via an aren’t-they-clever little story from the New York Times, so some enterprising young Californian women who’ve started running a chain of white-collar crash pads for aspiring tech entrepreneurs who’d eschew eating and sleeping altogether if they could, and if they […]

Entrepreneurial barracks: Part 1, the blithe present

16 July, 2012 (11:41) | Apartments, Cities, Dormitories, Entrepreneur, Hostels, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Rental, Rooming Houses, San Francisco, Tenure | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Look – over in Silicon Valley.  It’s a hotel!  It’s a rooming house!  It’s an apartment!   No, it’s … Superdorm?   Whatever this unusual living accommodation is, it’s serving a need and creating a business, as revealed in this gee-whiz article from the New York Times:   Crammed Into Cheap […]