Category: Redevelopment

A successful de-fence: Part 3, not black and white any more

29 May, 2014 (07:45) | Apartments, Fences, Hamden, Housing, Land use, Local issues, New Haven, Public housing, Redevelopment, Zoning | 1 comment

 By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] Our detailed retrospective on the history of a seemingly insignificant event from the New Haven Register (May 5, 2014) – the removal of a chain-link fence along a suburban roadside – has used the micro to imply the macro, and the wary […]

A successful de-fence: Part 2, the present evokes the past

28 May, 2014 (07:44) | Apartments, Fences, Hamden, Housing, Land use, Local issues, New Haven, Public housing, Redevelopment, Zoning |

 By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] In yesterday’s Part 1, we used the micro to imply the macro, because the fight over one expansive chain-link fence, which as reported in the New Haven Register (May 5, 2014) finally was coming down, represented so much to both cities – poor urban New Haven […]

A successful de-fence: Part 1, the micro implies the macro

27 May, 2014 (07:42) | Apartments, Fences, Hamden, Housing, Land use, Local issues, New Haven, Public housing, Redevelopment, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  How long does it take to remove a chain-link fence? If you’re New Haven, the answer is nearly two years, four mayors, and uncounted lawyers, as reported in this happy-ending-question-mark story from the New Haven Register (May 5, 2014): It’s my property and I’ll tear it down if I want to: […]

Month in Review: February, 2014: Part 1, Power corrupts

13 March, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Buses, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Infrastructure, Kenya, Kibera, Month in review, Nairobi, Redevelopment, San Francisco, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 14.] By:David A. Smith During February, I took the opportunity to spend eight parts taking to task a Boston Globe expose article, published at least five and probably ten years too late, of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s slow and effective conversion of the allegedly independent Boston Redevelopment […]

Month in Review, February, 2013: Part 2, All finance is global

26 April, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Argentina, Bankruptcy, Boston, CalPERS, Chapter 40B, Eurozone, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, Month in review, Rating agencies, Redevelopment, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] ­­ [Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 13, Dec 12, Nov 12, Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   You deserve a break today   Turning from the local to the national, I reported, with no little righteous, on the […]