Category: Zoning

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 4, To ask if there is some mistake

21 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post on the saga of a site’s (so far non-) development ended with Massachusetts State Senator Will Brownsberger introducing, and having the legislature pass, a law that would authorize the Commonwealth to grant Belmont money for Belmont […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 3, Between the woods and frozen lake

20 November, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw yesterday, those in Cambridge who oppose development in development have no legal standing – they do not own the land and they’re not elected or appointed officials with sway over Belmont’s zoning. Sources used in this post Boston […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 2, He will not see me stopping here

19 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post, opening with the arrest in Belmont of anti-development protesters who live in Cambridge for trespassing on private property that a Philadelphia-based company has been trying for a decade to develop into high-density housing, 20% of it affordable, ended by asking, where in fact is […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 1, His house is in the village, though

18 November, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith In my endless quest to unravel the mysteries of affordable housing, a few decades back I uncovered the Production Paradox: Whatever an affordable housing developer wants to do, the neighbors will oppose it.  No matter what it is or who commenced it, I’m against it! More recently, with the demise of […]

Adding new dormers: Part 3, A list of suitable locations

17 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Boston, Boston College, Boston University, Development, Dormitories, Enforcement, Housing, Land use, Northeastern, Real estate taxes, Rental, Student housing, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from last week’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith If Boston is to thrive, as we say yesterday then its universities must thrive, and for them to thrive, they want to grow, and for several of those domiciled in the city itself, the constraining factor is land that can be […]