Category: Land use

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 4, Total consciousness

29 January, 2015 (09:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith I’m not feeling very well – I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course. Groucho Marx Dino, Der Bingle, and Groucho on the course In yesterday’s Part 3, we laid up and approached the curious paradoxes […]

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 3, The infallible test

28 January, 2015 (10:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Golf … is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully […]

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 2, One vast golf course

27 January, 2015 (10:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith I like going there for golf. America’s one vast golf course these days. Edward VIII Better than playing well is looking good Yesterday’s post teed off our examination of golf as an urban land-use phenomenon as a Gilded-Age response to the geographic expansion of cities, and […]

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 1, A good walk spoiled

26 January, 2015 (10:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Golf is a good walk spoiled. Mark Twain When scanning Google Earth to research my lengthy posts of bucolic Belmont and meadowy Milton, I was struck how among the few landmarks readily identifiable from even very high altitudes were golf courses; though largely invisible from commuters’ streets, from above they stood […]

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 | No comments

[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 […]