Category: Land use

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 6, So as not to spoil the experience

17 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Cities, Design, Development, Homelessness, Housing, Innovations, Land use, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Tiny houses, US News, Usonian, Verticality, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith On time for a funeral Ransom Stoddard: [Descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch]    Thanks, Jason. On time. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Though it may seem otherwise, there is no […]

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 5, Awesome for a time

16 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Cities, Design, Development, Housing, Innovations, Land use, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Tiny houses, US News, Usonian, Verticality, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith Something bothering you? Reese: No one’s bothering you, Doniphon. Tom Doniphon: You are. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance As suggested by previous parts of this discursive post inspired by a Globe and Mail (6 […]

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 3, In principle be parked anywhere

11 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Design, Development, Housing, Innovations, Land use, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Tiny houses, US News, Usonian, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith You’ve got to defend your parking space, pilgrim Tom Doniphon: I know those law books mean a lot to you, but not out here. Out here a man settles his own problems. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Because the […]

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 2, Sheer joy of showering outdoors

10 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Design, Development, Housing, Innovations, Land use, Micro-units, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Tiny houses, US News, Usonian, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith And I sling the hash and wash the dishes Thank you, thank you, Mister Chairman, for those kind words; but why don’t you tell them the whole truth: founder, owner, editor, and I also sweep out the place. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance As […]

Month in Review, October, 2015: Part 2, The impossibility of stopping

6 November, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Air rights, Apartments, Blackstone, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Chapter 121A, Charlestown, Eminent domain, Land use, Month in review, PILOTs, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Tax abatement, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1, retrospectively reorganizing October’s posts, all of which in one way or another concerned Boston, dealt with the obstacles that make (re)development appear psychologically impossible: guaranteed intense public opposition (often born of ignorance, some of experience); an agency that maintains a monopoly on approvals; […]