Category: 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, ratings 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 […]

Month in Review, February, 2013: Part 1, All real estate is local

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

[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   It all depends on what you think ‘local’ is   We think of home as a place of safety where we keep the dangerous world out, […]

Month in Review, January 2013: Part 2, To the global

14 March, 2013 (14:38) | Bankruptcy, Cambridge, Detroit, Elderly, Euro, Global markets, Greece, Humor, MEEs, Month in review, Public housing, Redevelopment, Rent control, Spain, Speculation |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s Part 1 of this review on the localized issues covered in January brought us to the problem of one elderly mother and her daughter and son-in-law, an issue that is confronting China (and even more, Japan) at a scale far surpassing our needs here […]

Month in Review, January 2013: Part 1, From the local

14 March, 2013 (14:34) | Bankruptcy, Cambridge, Detroit, Elderly, Euro, Global markets, Greece, Humor, MEEs, Month in review, Public housing, Redevelopment, Rent control, Spain, Speculation |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Dec 12, Nov 12, Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   No interval is so gloomy as to be entirely without its lighter side, and for a New England Patriots fan despondent at the team’s elimination from the playoffs, […]

Relief precludes recovery

28 December, 2012 (10:00) | Cities, Disasters, New Orleans, Redevelopment, relief, Slums, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Relief is a noble endeavor.  Recovery is a slow and difficult process.  So at any given moment, relief seems the kinder thing to do – and yet, by its well-intended support, relief precludes recovery and in that preclusion extends the economic depression.  That’s my takeaway, anyhow, from this AP story reprinted […]