Category: Just-a-Start

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 […]

Mrs. Pyrrhus’s victory

31 October, 2014 (09:00) | Cambridge, Chapter 93A, Consumer protection, Home improvement, Just-a-Start, Litigation, Nonprofits, Renovation |

Proving that even litigation must eventually end, the legal dispute between Cambridge homeowner Shirley Graham and Cambridge non-profit Just-A-Start Corporation has finally closed; as reported in the Cambridge Chronicle (October 15, 2014): Shirley Graham before her house at 48 Kinnaird Street, Cambridge Just-A-Start cleared in Cambridge lawsuit By Erin Baldassari October 15, 2014 It was […]

The price of charity: Part 5, “never foreclosed on any loan”

3 May, 2013 (09:00) | Cambridge, Chapter 93A, Consumer protection, Development, Fiduciary duty, Homeownership, Just-a-Start, Law, Lending, Litigation, Nonprofits, Renovation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By:David A. Smith   Sources for this story include the Cambridge Chronicle (January 11, 2013) and Cambridge Chronicle (January 18, 2013) (brown font), Cambridge Day (December 28, 2012) (green font), and a Letter to the Editor published in the […]

The price of charity: Part 4, “should be held to a higher standard”

2 May, 2013 (09:00) | Cambridge, Chapter 93A, Consumer protection, Development, Fiduciary duty, Homeownership, Just-a-Start, Law, Lending, Litigation, Nonprofits, Renovation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   Sources for this story include the Cambridge Chronicle (January 11, 2013) and Cambridge Chronicle (January 18, 2013) (brown font), Cambridge Day (December 28, 2012) (green font), and a Letter to the Editor published in the Cambridge Chronicle (January […]