Category: Politics

Shadow housing: Part 3, Not a one-and-done

5 May, 2017 (09:00) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning |

    [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   “It appears that our minds will never meet on this subject.” “If someone asks you why you’re oppressing a world and you reply with a lot of poetic crap, no. I guess there can’t be a meeting of […]

Shadow housing: Part 2, 0.3% of the daylight exposure

26 April, 2017 (09:19) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   “So they play that on their fascist banjos, eh?” “You choose the wrong adjective.” “You’ve already used up all the others.” – Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light   As we saw in Part 1, the Friends of the Public Garden have set their opposition […]

Shadow housing: Part 1, $35 million for public housing

24 April, 2017 (09:00) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning |

  By: David A. Smith   “You talk as if we desire perpetually this burden of godhood, as if we seek to maintain a dark age that we may know forever the wearisome condition of our enforced divinity!” “In a word,” said Sam, “yes.” – Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light   And here I thought […]

The homeless magnet: Part 9, Families have to play a role

2 February, 2017 (09:00) | Apartments, de Blasio, Development, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Incentives, Mobility, New York City, NIMBY, Politics, Poverty, Rental, Vouchers |

  [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.]   By: David A. Smith   After eight parts with no answer, we come to life’s full irony:   “By picking you, Steve, I expect NYC Legal Aid to get off my ass” […]

The homeless magnet: Part 8, More than twenty days of school

1 February, 2017 (08:53) | Apartments, de Blasio, Development, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Incentives, Mobility, New York City, NIMBY, Politics, Poverty, Rental, Vouchers |

[Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.]   By: David A. Smith   Housing in the mist?  Kigali City Hall     Apology for posting delay   Last week I went to Kigali, Rwanda, for several days’ incredibly intensive work with the International […]