Category: Redevelopment

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 […]

Always wary: Part 7, How our choice reflects trust and faith

28 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Boston, Chelsea, Communities, Corruption, HOPE VI, Housing, Income mixing, Informality, Innovations, Neighborhood, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, RAD, Redevelopment, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith For a little more than a decade, the decline of public housing – a bipartisan and continuous abnegation of policy and political responsibility spanning many Administrations and Congresses – has made me […]

Always wary: Part 6, Why we fear to hope

27 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Boston, Chelsea, Communities, Corruption, HOPE VI, Income mixing, Informality, Innovations, Neighborhood, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, RAD, Redevelopment, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Though the transformation of Bunker Hill public housing will be completely new to the current residents, it’s not at all new to public housing – indeed, Mission Main (the old Mission Park), Orchard Gardens […]

Always wary: Part 5, How the journey changes who we are

26 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Boston, Chelsea, Communities, Corruption, HOPE VI, Housing, Income mixing, Informality, Innovations, Neighborhood, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, RAD, Redevelopment, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith As shown in the previous parts of this post, the future of Bunker Hill public housing requires radical change, change that is promised to be not only comprehensive but also comprehensively better: brand-new apartments, a lively […]