Category: Public space

Where the sun don’t shine

3 June, 2013 (11:35) | Alleyways, Boston, Broken Windows Theory, Chauncy Street, Cities, Enforcement, Health, Local issues, Public space, Sanitation |

By:David A. Smith   All of us have a body paSrt where the sun don’t shine, and while it’s intimately connected to our personal ecosystems, we have only the vaguest idea what goes on back there.   It’s got a mind of its own   Cities have such places too, one of them less than […]

Free parkletting?

25 January, 2013 (10:00) | Cities, Land rent, Parking, Parks, Permitting, Politics, Public space, San Francisco, Sidewalks, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Nothing is so complicated in San Francisco as doing an altruistic thing without sufficient permission – for, as revealed in the San Francisco Chronicle (January 6, 2013), that can provoke the wrath of an unpropitiated local troll.  To begin with, we must start with a clever urban innovation to convert some […]

The rub of the green: Part 3, A dissolution of partnership?

30 August, 2012 (09:22) | Boston, Business improvement district, Cities, Greenway, Nonprofits, Parks, Public space, Subsidy, Theory |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   In the two posts so far we’ve seen that the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, birthed in a flash of public spirit, was abandoned on the doorstep of a conservancy:   When the Big Dig was in full swing, it easily […]

The rub of the green: Part 2, I become neglected, and am provided for

29 August, 2012 (09:30) | Boston, Business improvement district, Cities, Greenway, Nonprofits, Parks, Public space, Subsidy, Theory |

By:David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway chronicled its midwifery by cardinals on behalf of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who despite their collective vision neglected to assure its funding, and the cost of raising that charming little offspring are playing out now, as documented […]

The rub of the green: Part 1, I am born

28 August, 2012 (11:47) | Boston, Business improvement district, Cities, Greenway, Nonprofits, Parks, Public space, Subsidy, Theory |

By:David A. Smith   Everybody likes parks.   Kids like parks: Boston’s Greenway   Everybody likes to look at parks, use them, and have them always available for free.   Greenway, from above   Actually, let’s clarify that: everybody likes clean and safe parks.   The Greenway, October, 2011, when Occupy Boston was holding forth […]