Category: Local issues

Tax on the option? Part 3, Rules that are holding us back

31 March, 2014 (13:22) | Affordability, de Blasio, Development, Economics, Housing, Land use, Local issues, Markets, New York City, Real estate taxes, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding  Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   What can I introduce next?   During my continuing ruminations in the two preceding parts on new Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal, one of a very whirlwind of ideas he has summoned for the New York media (such as real-estate-related […]

Tax on the option? Part 1, A long-running and counterproductive loophole

27 March, 2014 (09:00) | Affordability, de Blasio, Development, Economics, Housing, Land use, Local issues, Markets, New York City, Real estate taxes, Zoning | No comments

By:David A. Smith   Whether or not new Gotham mayor Bill de Blasio succeeds in any of his ambitious plans, he is certainly going to be an endless source of blogger’s delight, I can see, for his combination of frenetic intellectual energy, verbal pugnacity, and flair for attracting attention – and the clashes between him […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 8, How to fix the BRA in eight steps

20 February, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith     [Continued from yesterday's Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   By now, with the record fully documented, readers can see that the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s drift away from what it could have been, and into the personal plaything of […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 7, A lie foisted upon the public

19 February, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith     [Continued from yesterday's Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   As the preceding parts have made clear, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has been operating for several years as an unaccountable secretive agency in which no outsiders need apply – only those pre-vetted […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 6, And we all shut up

18 February, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   In our continuing descent into the BRA’s camouflaged processes and arbitrary decisions, we discovered the critical importance of being guided by those who hold a political laissez-passer – the mayor’s friends, campaign donors and workers, […]