Category: Urban development

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 3, “Utilize outside political channels or threaten to leave”

31 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established in the two preceding parts, inspired by a recent article in the Boston Globe (July 16, 2015) covering a McKinsey report commissioned by the Walsh Administration on the state of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the authority had no rules […]

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 2, “Endlessly tied up until they just fade away”

30 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established yesterday, the report received by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and published with commendable transparency performed one of the functions for which management consultants are classically hired: to document via a third party what the client itself believed but would prefer not to say […]

No rules, no process, no strategy: Part 1, “Essentially no zoning rules”

29 July, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Development, Government, Housing, Marty Walsh, Policy, Redevelopment authorities, Tom Menino, Urban development, Urban planning |

By: David A. Smith Even as a candidate Marty Walsh had to have known that upon becoming mayor he would have to reform the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which over the two decades of Tom Menino’s mayoralty parlayed its monopoly over all development approval in the City of Boston into a personal fiefdom that not only […]

Zeno’s Public-Consultation Paradox: Part 2, No matter how much time you allow

19 March, 2014 (09:00) | Brazil, Bureaucracy, Government, Infrastructure, Olympics, Public choice theory, Relocation, Rio de Janeiro, Theory, Urban development |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post meta-illustrated Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox – you might have thought I could cover the topic in one day’s posting, but I ran over to two, even though I was working with a short story on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition (February 27, 2014).: […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 5, Larger forces at work

20 December, 2013 (12:13) | Apartments, China, Cities, Democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, Urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4, and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By:David A. Smith Completing what has become a five-part series on the instant vertical city of Huaming, via a discouraging New York Times (November 10, 2013) article, we’ve seen that China’s leadership developed Huaming in pursuit of a vision of transformative urbanization […]