Category: Urban planning

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 | No comments

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 […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 4, “The BRA? That’s me!”

11 September, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith “The BRA?  That’s me!” As we saw yesterday, the BRA had no internal accountability (of its employees, who were never performance-reviewed), and no external accountability (to its stakeholders, who were cowed into silence).  Sources used in this post […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 3, An abject mess

10 September, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith No transparency, no records, no tracking systems – is it any wonder that the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has been leaving money on the table, and agreements unenforced or even unmonitored? Just collecting the overtime, sir Sources used in this post […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 2, Incapable of performing basic functions

9 September, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In writing this multi-part part on the utter disgrace that is the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), in contrast to the journalists who splashed out the uncollected sums as eye-grabbers for low-information voters, I have deliberately started small – with the authority’s complete opacity to any public […]

Oh, THAT money we were supposed to collect: Part 1, “We’re not enforcing”

8 September, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Audits, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Linkage fees, Local issues, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith With former Mayor Tom Menino fighting cancer but maintaining his immensely cheerful and upbeat self, new mayor Marty Walsh, firmly in charge of Boston City Hall, must clean up the organizational mess he left behind – the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) – and that will be an immense task.  After Hercules […]