Category: Housing

Poor poor pitiful door: Part 3, Hunting for culprits

16 September, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s Part 2, I laid out the arguments made, chiefly by keyboard crusaders masquerading as reporters, that ‘poor doors’ (separate entrances in a mixed-income building for affordable housing renters) are demeaning, discriminatory, and in general un-American. We’re from Christendom and […]

Poor poor pitiful door: Part 2, Presumption of offense

15 September, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post introduce the ‘poor door’, the catchy pejorative term for a mixed-income residential property, typically built under an inclusionary zoning program (such as London’s Section 106 or New York City’s 421a), where the market residents (who may also be owners, not renters), have a different […]

Poor poor pitiful door: Part 1, Sudden unmasking

12 September, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental | No comments

By: David A. Smith Griffin Mill: It lacked certain elements that we need to market a film successfully. June: What elements? Griffin Mill: Suspense, laughter, violence. Hope, heart, nudity, sex. Happy endings. Mainly happy endings. June: What about reality? Reality doesn’t sell newspapers For newspapermen, there must always be column-inches even if there is too […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 4, “The BRA? That’s me!”

11 September, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith “The BRA?  That’s me!” As we saw yesterday, the BRA had no internal accountability (of its employees, who were never performance-reviewed), and no external accountability (to its stakeholders, who were cowed into silence).  Sources used in this post […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 3, An abject mess

10 September, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith No transparency, no records, no tracking systems – is it any wonder that the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has been leaving money on the table, and agreements unenforced or even unmonitored? Just collecting the overtime, sir Sources used in this post […]