Category: Public housing

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 […]

Month in Review, October, 2015: Part 2, The impossibility of stopping

6 November, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Air rights, Apartments, Blackstone, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Chapter 121A, Charlestown, Eminent domain, Land use, Month in review, PILOTs, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Tax abatement, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1, retrospectively reorganizing October’s posts, all of which in one way or another concerned Boston, dealt with the obstacles that make (re)development appear psychologically impossible: guaranteed intense public opposition (often born of ignorance, some of experience); an agency that maintains a monopoly on approvals; […]

Month in Review, October, 2015: Part 1, The impossibility of starting

5 November, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Air rights, Apartments, Blackstone, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Chapter 121A, Charlestown, Eminent domain, Land use, Month in review, PILOTs, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Tax abatement, US News |

By: David A. Smith Nine years ago, I formulated the production paradox: Whatever a developer wants to do, the neighbors will oppose – and it has, I now realize that it has a curious further consequence that I describe (badly) as the Paradox of Development Friction: The Paradox of Development Possibility Until development starts, starting […]