Category: Urban planning

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 8, How to fix the BRA in eight steps

20 February, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith     [Continued from yesterday's Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   By now, with the record fully documented, readers can see that the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s drift away from what it could have been, and into the personal plaything of […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 7, A lie foisted upon the public

19 February, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith     [Continued from yesterday's Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   As the preceding parts have made clear, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has been operating for several years as an unaccountable secretive agency in which no outsiders need apply – only those pre-vetted […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 6, And we all shut up

18 February, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   In our continuing descent into the BRA’s camouflaged processes and arbitrary decisions, we discovered the critical importance of being guided by those who hold a political laissez-passer – the mayor’s friends, campaign donors and workers, […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 5, Dramatically less for affordable housing

14 February, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, city government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith     [Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   With the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s board existing for the apparent purpose of voting with the staff’s recommendation 99.75% of the time (I kid you not), one wonders why have a board at all?   I […]

Now that it is safe to do so: Part 4, 00.25% independent

13 February, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, City Government, Corruption, Development, Eminent domain, Housing, Local issues, Politics, Thomas Menino, Urban planning, Urban Renewal, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith     [Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   In our continuing exposition of the BRA’s gradual emasculation as an independent authority and its conversion into a city-making arm of the mayor, we had seen that the BRA had all the power, was totally opaque, and was […]