Category: Policy

Month in Review, July 2015: Part 2, Over the future event horizon

17 August, 2015 (10:00) | AIG, Bankruptcy, Boston Redevelopment Authority, En viager, Homeownership, Housing, Land leases, Month in review, Policy, Reform, Reversionaries, Speculation, Takings, US News | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, long lazy summary days give rise to long discursive summer blog posts, for what is a blog if not a journey of personal exploration?  “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be […]

Month in Review, July 2015: Part 1, In wisdom’s rear-view mirror

14 August, 2015 (10:00) | AIG, Bankruptcy, Boston Redevelopment Authority, En viager, Homeownership, Housing, Land leases, Month in review, Policy, Reform, Reversionaries, Speculation, Takings, Tenure, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith For a month which traditionally begins summer’s biorhythmic slowdown, a lot went on in July, starting with finishing up a summer’s-starting post that dealt with an archetypal problem of common law and common land, access to and use of public beaches, We will fight them on the beaches: Part 3, The […]

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 3, “Utilize outside political channels or threaten to leave”

31 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established in the two preceding parts, inspired by a recent article in the Boston Globe (July 16, 2015) covering a McKinsey report commissioned by the Walsh Administration on the state of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the authority had no rules […]

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 2, “Endlessly tied up until they just fade away”

30 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established yesterday, the report received by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and published with commendable transparency performed one of the functions for which management consultants are classically hired: to document via a third party what the client itself believed but would prefer not to say […]

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 1, “Essentially no zoning rules”

29 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Even as a candidate Marty Walsh had to have known that upon becoming mayor he would have to reform the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which over the two decades of Tom Menino’s mayoralty parlayed its monopoly over all development approval in the City of Boston into a personal fiefdom that not only […]