Category: Environmental

Month in Review, December 2014: Part 3, The right to be wrong

9 February, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Bankruptcy, Casinos, Cemetery, Cities, Detroit, Development, Eminent domain, Environmental, Eurozone, Land use, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Privatization, Switzerland, US News, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from Friday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] Though a cemetery, as profiled in yesterday’s summary of December, is real estate used by and for the dead, and before there is a cemetery, there can also be a property that is used by no one, because those who would have […]

Month in Review, December 2014: Part 2, Tell it to the woodchucks

6 February, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Bankruptcy, Casinos, Cemetery, Cities, Detroit, Development, Eminent domain, Environmental, Eurozone, Land use, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Privatization, Switzerland, US News, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from Wednesday’s Part 1.] So substantive was December’s eleven-part post on the pending privatization (resident right-to-buy action) of Southbridge Towers that not only did it take up half the month’s posting, my excerpted month-in-review summary spilled over from Wednesday’s Part 1, as in four more parts I brought the story up to […]

Month in Review, December 2014: Part 1, Hit pause on reality

4 February, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Bankruptcy, Casinos, Cemetery, Cities, Co-ops, Detroit, Development, Eminent domain, Environmental, Eurozone, Land use, Mitchell-Lama, New York, Privatization, Switzerland, US News, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Compared with all the generations that came before us, we today live in a world of unprecedented rate of change, both in dimensions – technology, medicine/ biology, war/conflict, and human society/ moral values – and in speed.  To survive and orient within this continuous shock of the new, we have learned […]

Cleaning up at the casino: Part 2, “What else could you do?”

30 December, 2014 (10:00) | Casinos, Development, Environmental, Everett, Housing, Land use, Local issues, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post on the immediate benefit of Massachusetts’ casino license award to Wynn’s group focused not on the state’s win ($85 million in licensing fee) but the City of Everett’s imminent environmental cleanup of the casino site, an oblong finger into the sleepy shallow muddy Mystic […]

Cleaning up at the casino: Part 1, “A fairly rough site”

29 December, 2014 (10:00) | Casinos, Development, Environmental, Everett, Gambling, Housing, Land use, Local issues, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith The referendum to repeal casino gambling in Massachusetts having been decisively defeated (as I and everybody else expected, in part because proponents of casino gambling outspent opponents 20 to 1), the Wynn group is proceeding with its site’s development (having wired the $85 million licensing fee the day after the referendum), […]