Category: Local issues

Month in Review: June, 2014: Part 2, The challenges of developing new homes new

1 August, 2014 (10:00) | Austin, TX, Detroit, Flagstaff, Local issues, Mayors, Mobile homes, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Municipal budgets, New Haven, New York City, NYCHA, Politics, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Student housing, Urbanization, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1, reviewing a month spent entirely on local issues, dealt with the economic and political dynamics of existing housing markets, but cities must always be building new, because economic growth and population growth are the lifeblood of cities – such as New Haven: Demonstrators […]

Month in Review: June 2014: Part 1, The challenges of existing housing

31 July, 2014 (09:40) | Austin, TX, Detroit, Flagstaff, Local issues, Mayors, Mobile homes, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Municipal budgets, New Haven, New York City, NYCHA, Politics, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Student housing, Urbanization, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith In a century of cities, so much to do with housing happens not at the national level but in the city, and yet I was surprised to discover that every June post focused on a municipal-level issue, even if some of them are exemplars of global trends. Sir, sir, they’re just […]

After release from Coventry: Part 2, On a proper submission

10 July, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Chiofaro, Cities, Density, Development, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s post, using an article from the Boston Globe (June 25, 2014), the new Walsh Administration has taken a strikingly different approach to real estate development than did the Menino administrative dictatorship, and while so far all the moves are symbolic, they suggest […]

After release from Coventry: Part 1, Not worthy the cognizance

9 July, 2014 (10:25) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Chiofaro, Cities, Density, Development, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By:David A. Smith To have been sent to Coventry is regarded as to be absent. It is often used to punish people. – Wikipedia As new Boston mayor Marty Walsh sets his imprint on Boston’s governance, the city’s real estate development must be and is a centerpiece of his emerging policy, as reported in the […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 5, The solution to fairness

30 June, 2014 (18:09) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By:David A. Smith People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income. — Robert Half  As by now become apparent from deconstructing a recent article in […]