Category: elections

Pulling a Cyrus for City Hall?

24 September, 2013 (10:38) | Architecture, Boston, City Hall, elections, Hastert, Housing, Land use, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, urban development, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   With a handful of days to go before the Boston mayoral primary, candidate Marty Walsh has just pulled a Cyrus, a neologism I’ve just coined to describe someone who shamelessly grabs the spotlight in a crowded field:   Worked, didn’t it?   Candidate Walsh’s announcement got him the front page of […]

Being vouchered off the island? Part 4, the tribe has spoken

10 August, 2012 (10:05) | Cities, Disasters, elections, Galveston, HUD, Local issues, NIMBY, portability, Public housing, Regulation, Section 8, Subsidy, US News, Vouchers | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By:David A. Smith   As the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Ike approached, with the Galveston Housing Authority having decided to partner with a private developer (McCormack Baron) to rebuild a brand-new HOPE VI development on the site where stood four public housing […]

Being vouchered off the island? Part 3, tribal council

9 August, 2012 (10:05) | Cities, Disasters, elections, Galveston, HUD, Local issues, NIMBY, portability, Public housing, Regulation, Section 8, Subsidy, US News, Vouchers |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By:David A. Smith   As we saw in Part 1 and Part 2, three and a half years after Hurricane Ike totaled four Galveston public housing properties, only forty homes had been rebuilt, and the housing authority had given up on two issues.    Family […]

Being vouchered off the island? Part 2, immunity idol

8 August, 2012 (09:57) | Cities, Disasters, elections, Galveston, HUD, Local issues, NIMBY, portability, Public housing, Regulation, Section 8, Subsidy, US News, Vouchers |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, looking at Galveston’s fight over whether to rebuild its Ike-totaled public housing or to convert to mixed-income or even to potable vouchers, looked back a year, to when the Galveston Housing Authority gave up trying to be its own redeveloper and formed a […]

Being vouchered off the island? Part 1, stranded

7 August, 2012 (09:48) | Cities, Disasters, elections, Galveston, HUD, Local issues, NIMBY, portability, Public housing, Regulation, Section 8, Subsidy, US News, Vouchers |

By:David A. Smith     By rights, the sandbar we now call the island of Galveston, Texas, has no business existing as a city.  Like Venice’s Lido, New York’s Fire Island, Holland’s Zeeland, and the North Carolina Outer Banks, it’s merely a long drift of granules temporarily perched above sea level.   What the ocean […]