Category: Gambling

Public nuisance value

3 February, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Casinos, Cities, Gambling, Land use, Litigation, Martin J. Walsh, Public process, Wynn, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith Actually, that’s just what they are hoping to do No one, least of all the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, could have been surprised when the City of Boston sued the commission; the newsworthy thing would have been not to sue, as implied if not directly reported by the Boston Globe (January 5, […]

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), […]

Buying optionality, or Is there life after death?

22 December, 2014 (09:00) | Atlantic City, Carl Icahn, Casinos, Cities, Development, Donald Trump, Economics, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Fair market value, Gambling, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Markets, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Vera Coking |

By: David A. Smith Backing up the claim? Vera Coking’s boarding house, pre-demolition A few months ago, in August, I wrote at length (You have the right to remain: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7) about the end of Vera Coking’s ownership of her decaying and […]

Month in Review: October, 2014: Part 2, From the Left Coast

1 December, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Bankruptcy, Cambridge, Casinos, CEQA, Chapter 40B, Everett, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Just-a-Start, Los Angeles, Milton, Month in review, NIMBY, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Stockton |

[Continued from last week’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In October, to prove that the Right Coast has no monopoly on development neck tourniquets, I explored the nation’s least-affordable city (measured by percentage of residents who are housing-cost-burdened), in Tragedy of the lords: Part 1, 47% of gross income for rent, and Part 2, 7 […]

Month in Review: October, 2014: Part 1, Reports from the Right Coast

26 November, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Bankruptcy, Cambridge, Casinos, CEQA, Chapter 40B, Everett, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Just-a-Start, Los Angeles, Milton, Month in review, NIMBY, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Stockton |

By: David A. Smith During October, I finished my record-setting series of twelve parts (When the house loses: Part 6, Admitted backdating documents, Part 7, consultant slash lobbyist?, Part 8, All gambling is local, Part 9, Playing in Casinoland, Part 10, Elderly day-care centers, Part 11, Twice as many problem gamblers) exploring in depth the […]