Category: Urban renewal

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 | No comments

[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 | No comments

[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 | No comments

[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 | No comments

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 […]

You have the right to remain: Part 7, The owner

3 September, 2014 (09:00) | Atlantic City, Cities, Development, Donald Trump, Economics, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Fair market value, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Markets, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Vera Coking | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] Margaret Schroeder: I would be honored to name my child after you. Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson: Enoch? You couldn’t possibly be so cruel. – Boardwalk Empire After having won her right to hold […]