Category: Urban Renewal

Condemnation by imputation: Part 2, You tell me this town ain’t got no heart

24 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Blight, Crime, Development, Discrimination, Eminent domain, historic rehab, Housing, Income mixing, Kansas City, Real estate taxes, Section 8, Urban Renewal | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith You tell me this town ain’t got no heart. Well, well, well, you can never tell. The sunny side of the street is dark. Well, well, well, you can never tell. – Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street Yesterday’s post opened the story of three properties along Armour […]

Condemnation by imputation: Part 1, Shakedown Street?

23 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Blight, Crime, Development, Discrimination, Eminent domain, Historic renovation, Housing, Income mixing, Kansas City, Section 8, urban, Urban Renewal | No comments

By: David A. Smith Nothin’ shakin’ on Shakedown Street. Used to be the heart of town. – Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street When it comes to flimsy cases to justify the state’s using judicial or police power to intimidate and punish private owners, I thought I’d seen everything – what with National City’s ‘lower-value use equals […]

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, […]