Category: Land use

Month in Review: October, 2016

5 January, 2017 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Catholic Church, Economics, Housing, Land use, Month in review, religion, Scituate, Speculation | No comments

By: David A. Smith Because my September multi-part post on funeral homes (excerpted in the previous Month-in-Review) drifted in to October, what remained of the month was dominated by a lengthy post but interrupted for an intellectual sorbet via a Boojum: Yes, that’ll really help: When Marty Walsh was elected mayor of Boston over 1,000 […]

Catechism of closure: Part 4, Nickel by nickel, brick by brick

25 October, 2016 (09:00) | Boston, Catholic Church, Churches, Eviction, Housing, Land use, Land use economics, Law, Ownership, Redevelopment, religion, Scituate, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   St. Frances X. Cabrini church in Scituate is now padlocked, where unknelled, uncoffined and unknown it will remain in real estate purgatory until its fate is decided by the Archdiocese, then executed by whatever developer buys the property. […]

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 8, Vacated property is snatched up

13 October, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, cemeteries, Cities, Density, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Speculation, Urbanization, US News |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.]   As we’ve seen earlier in this post, twenty-first century American death often comes upon us with plenty of warning, changing the nature of when and where we grieve, and […]

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 7, Out of burial space in five years

12 October, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, cemeteries, Cities, Density, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Speculation, Urbanization, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]     By now this multi-part post has made evident that the American Way of Death, which Jessica Mitford so savaged [Possibly unfairly, though not having read the book I have no opinion […]

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 6, The remnants of families

11 October, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, cemeteries, Cities, Density, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Speculation, Urbanization, US News |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   As the previous parts of this unusually protracted post have demonstrated, the funeral homes captures a bygone era in its ethos – the ethos of death and its aftermath (dying far from home, […]