Category: Universities

Adding new dormers: Part 3, A list of suitable locations

17 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from last week’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith If Boston is to thrive, as we say yesterday then its universities must thrive, and for them to thrive, they want to grow, and for several of those domiciled in the city itself, the constraining factor is land that can be […]

Adding new dormers: Part 2, Armed with housing lists

14 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post confronted us with the centrality of Boston’s economy – that the city depends on the area’s universities, which among them have 250,000 students and out of which have spun aerospace, software, and genetic engineering inventions, innovations, and job a-plenty – and that the universities […]

Adding new dormers: Part 1, Where would you like me to put them?

13 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith With a quarter of a million students living in the immediate metropolitan area, more than half of them in universities domiciled in the city, Boston has as good a claim as any to be the world’s university capital, counting 60 institutions of higher learning, eight of them (BU, Harvard, Northeastern, BC, […]

What’s fair in non-profits’ property taxes? Part 4, from Occasionally to Regularly

9 March, 2012 (09:57) | Brown, Local issues, Nonprofits, Police, Policy, Property taxes, Providence, Rhode Island, Speculation, Theory, Universities, US News |

[Continued from Wednesday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   In search of principles to govern whether non-profits should pay extra tax-like payments to the cities they inhabit, yesterday’s Part 3 explored two economic-equity approaches, either a discount from full assessment (we pay less because we’re virtuous too) […]

What’s fair in non-profits’ property taxes? Part 3, from Sometimes to Occasionally

7 March, 2012 (09:21) | Brown, Local issues, Nonprofits, Policy, Politics, Property taxes, Providence, Rhode Island, Speculation, Theory, Universities, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In yesterday’s Part 2 we discovered that although a city’s claim to increased payments from its non-profit institutions derives initially from need rather than logic, large non-profits become sprawling mega-businesses (Brown’s annual budget is larger than Providence’s) and as their tendrils reach […]