Category: Urban planning

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 | No comments

[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 | No comments

[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 | 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 […]