Category: Tax credits

Privileging the frank: Part 4, If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some

25 March, 2013 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, advocacy, Economics, Historic, Housing, Infrastructure, Networks, Post Office, rehabilitation, Tax credits, Zoning |

[Concluded from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some. – Benjamin Franklin, Postmaster General   Once it becomes inevitable that some post offices will be closed, as we have seen by critiquing […]

Privileging the frank: Part 3, Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship

22 March, 2013 (09:55) | Adaptive reuse, advocacy, Economics, Historic, Housing, Infrastructure, Networks, Post Office, rehabilitation, Tax credits, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship – Benjamin Franklin, Postmaster General   By now, halfway through our deconstruction of a fluffy article by Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times (March 8, 2013) and […]

Privileging the frank: Part 2, Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt

21 March, 2013 (10:43) | Adaptive reuse, advocacy, Economics, Historic, Housing, Infrastructure, Networks, Post Office, rehabilitation, Tax credits, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt. – Benjamin Franklin, Postmaster General   Yesterday’s post, expanding upon a powderpuff article by Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times (March 8, 2013) and the subsequent comments section (green Arial), brought to our attention that […]

Privileging the frank: Part 1, A penny saved is a penny earned

20 March, 2013 (14:29) | Adaptive reuse, advocacy, Economics, Historic, Housing, Infrastructure, Networks, Post Office, rehabilitation, Tax credits, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   A penny saved is a penny earned. – Benjamin Franklin, Postmaster General   When were you last inside a post office?   Think back.  When was the last time you actually went down to the physical post office for any reason – and what motivated you to go?   2000 ALLSTON […]

Mayor, there must be a mistake in my tax bill! Part 2, the expenditure side

31 October, 2012 (09:49) | capital expenditures, democracy, elderly housing, Housing, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Referendums, Saco, Tax credits | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post, using a factual and incurious article in the Saco Sun-Chronicle (October 3, 2012), brought us citizen Mary Pelkey of Saco, Maine, who decided to raise a ruckus about Saco’s recent property tax increase, the largely inevitable consequence of both macroeconomic forces (cutbacks in […]