Category: Management

E pluribus sexum: Part 3, Why fight it?

31 January, 2013 (10:00) | Apartments, Consolidation, Innovations, Management, Massachusetts, MEEs, Politics, Public housing, Regulation and Reform, Subsidy |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   In the two preceding parts of this post, starting from a short Boston Globe (January 10, 2013) article to introduce Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to consolidate public housing authorities – out of many, six – and along the way […]

E pluribus sexum: Part 2, Why do it?

30 January, 2013 (10:00) | Apartments, Consolidation, Innovations, Management, Massachusetts, MEEs, Politics, Public housing, Regulation and Reform, Subsidy |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post used a short Boston Globe (January 10, 2013) article to introduce Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to consolidate the current 242 individual public housing authorities into six regional entities, and at the same time to end the practice of purely local commissioners in […]

E pluribus sexum: Part 1, What to do?

29 January, 2013 (16:10) | Apartments, Consolidation, Innovations, Management, Massachusetts, MEEs, Politics, Public housing, Regulation and Reform, Subsidy |

By:David A. Smith   Every now and then, an elected official pleasantly surprises one, and Deval Patrick has now done it twice: first in December, 2011, by appointing Aaron Gornstein to be Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development; and a few weeks ago, as reported in the Boston Globe (January 10, 2013), […]

Scandals are what happen when we are busy making strategic plans

27 August, 2012 (09:36) | administration, Affordability, Boston Consulting Group, Governance, Housing, Management, MEEs, New York City, NYCHA, Property management, Public housing, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Readers expecting to read a continuation of our grand theory of Chinese urbanization will have to wait a few days, as we interrupt the series to catch up on timely news from New York and Boston.  Suppose for the moment that you woke up one morning and found yourself newly appointed […]

The high-rise’s mahout

20 April, 2011 (17:35) | Apartments, Cities, Condominiums, Elephants, High-rise, Mahouts, Maintenance, Management, New York City, Superintendent |

By: David A. Smith   Elephants, particularly Indian elephants, are long-lived, apparently indestructible, highly intelligent, faithful, and often affectionate.    Let’s pressure-wash your exterior   Yet they are not nimble, fast, or well suited to precise activities, so they benefit from mahouts, human handlers who provide them what they need, and who in turn benefit […]