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The battles of charities’ taxation: Part 3, Public-policy pros and cons

11 May, 2011 (10:16) | Boston, Innovations, Local issues, Massachusetts, Nonprofits, PILOTs, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Theory, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   “I walk on untrodden ground.” – George Washington   In the two preceding posts, using a recent Boston Globe article, we saw Boston declare fiscal war on its large land-owning non-profits (Part 1), upsetting a status quo that has persisted for […]

The battles of charities’ taxation: Part 2, The historical case

10 May, 2011 (16:46) | Boston, Innovations, Local issues, Massachusetts, Nonprofits, PILOTs, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Theory, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” – George Washington   Yesterday’s blog post, the first in a four-part series on the opening of a decadal war over the property taxation of real-estate-owning non-profits, opened with the Boston Globe‘s report […]

The battles of charities’ taxation: Part 1, Boston’s opening salvo

9 May, 2011 (13:52) | Boston, Innovations, Local issues, Massachusetts, Nonprofits, PILOTs, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Theory, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith    Not all wars start with grand strategic plans.  A small-scale skirmish in Concord can come in retrospect to mark the start of a revolution – if that first spark is followed by a larger conflagration.    The tax collectors are coming!  The tax collectors are coming!   A year ago, […]

Reinventing the downtown streetscape: Part 2, the stimulating subsidies

6 May, 2011 (10:00) | Boston, Cities, Land use, Quincy, Speculation, Urbanization, Worcester |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post looked at the hopefully ambitious plans, described in a lightly credulous Boston Globe article, being mooted about by Massachusetts’s second-tier cities – Lowell, Worcester, Springfield, and even Quincy – to revitalize their graying downtowns.  The activity is being driven by government, which […]

Reinventing the downtown streetscape: Part 1, the socialized city

5 May, 2011 (10:00) | Boston, Cities, Land use, Quincy, Speculation, Urbanization, Worcester |

By: David A. Smith   In this century of cities, we have to reinvent what used to be known as the Central Business District (CBD) with the CRD, the Central Residential District, or even the CID, Central Integrated District – but this birth of a new urban infrastructure will be neither painless nor free, as […]