Category: Scituate

The ghost in the shell: Part 2, Render unto Scituate

1 March, 2017 (09:00) | Churches, Development, F.X. Cabrini, Housing, Land value, Nonprofits, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Scituate |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw yesterday, my morbid fascination with the deconsecration, closure, occupancy-vigil, and litigation of St. Frances X. Cabrini Catholic Church in Scituate has caused me to track it past the media’s loss-of-interest point (the vigilers’ peaceful departure) and to the question, is […]

The ghost in the shell: Part 1, I am the redevelopment and reuse

28 February, 2017 (09:00) | Churches, Development, F.X. Cabrini, Housing, Land value, Nonprofits, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Scituate | 1 comment

  By: David A. Smith   What comes after death?   What worth the body when the spirit has fled?   For human beings, any affirmative answer rests on faith, because we know what happens to the shell of our selves; it goes into the earth or into the fire.  But what happened to a […]

Month in Review: October, 2016

5 January, 2017 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Catholic Church, Economics, Housing, Land use, Month in review, religion, Scituate, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith Because my September multi-part post on funeral homes (excerpted in the previous Month-in-Review) drifted in to October, what remained of the month was dominated by a lengthy post but interrupted for an intellectual sorbet via a Boojum: Yes, that’ll really help: When Marty Walsh was elected mayor of Boston over 1,000 […]

Catechism of closure: Part 9, A place is only a place

15 November, 2016 (09:00) | Boston, Catholic Church, Churches, Eviction, Housing, Land use economics, Law, Ownership, Redevelopment, religion, Scituate, US News | 1 comment

[Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.]   By: David A. Smith   Now, in the ninth and ultimate part of this post, one short of the number of commandments, the parishioners have decamped from their occupancy/ vigil, the archdiocese has […]

Catechism of closure: Part 8, Until they find something permanent

14 November, 2016 (09:00) | Boston, Catholic Church, Churches, Eviction, Land use economics, Law, Ownership, Redevelopment, religion, Scituate, US News |

[Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.]                                                                                                              By: David A. Smith   [Once again, sorry for slow posting – the Kuwait work proved intense for a further week. – Ed.]   “And I know dismal”   Economists are fond of quoting Thomas […]