Category: Massachusetts

Seed money

18 October, 2013 (09:00) | Economics, Ecosystem, emerging markets, Finance, Formalization, informality, Innovations, Law, mafia, marijuana, Massachusetts, Microfinance, Speculation, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Now that medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, people can buy it – can’t they?    It’s true I have a lot of friends in politics, but they wouldn’t be so friendly if they knew my business was drugs instead of gambling which they consider a harmless vice. But drugs, that’s […]

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), […]

Ask the voters who legalized Mary Jane

26 November, 2012 (17:06) | Apartments, Boston, Enforcement, Inclusionary zoning, Landlords, laws, Leases, marijuana, Massachusetts, Regulation, Rental, torts, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   By fits and starts, out of fiscal necessity (dressed up in compassion and tolerance) America is legalizing marijuana – and as the collapse of an order is often more chaotic than its establishment, the law we Massachusetts voters just passed is already giving landlords headaches, as revealed in this snickering article […]