One Year Ago: The Great Rent Control Debate

Some called it the Brawl at Town Hall. Ol’ Josh Feit at Publicola called it at the time a “non-sequitur.” Others thought is was a bad idea to engage with the Socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant during an election year on a dangerous topic. In the end, it was a hot evening in Town Hall but […]

Herbold on MIZ: The Bargain Will Only Get Worse


I think there are some people who still think that somehow the Mayor’s Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) can be improved. I think there are even some in the building and development community that believe a compromise on MIZ is possible. Maybe. It depends on the principles held when a person or group walks through the […]

Let’s Make a Deal? What if the City Wanted to Negotiate on MIZ?


What if the City decides to listen to us and invites us to talk about the Mayor’s proposed Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) proposal? What principles should we take if we’re asked to negotiate or compromise on the proposal? How do we ensure that whatever emerges from the political process doesn’t do long lasting damage to […]