Category: Affordability

Speaking on behalf of the NIMBY party: Part 5, A lack of understanding of the economics

7 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Campaigns, Development, England, Homelessness, Homeownership, Land use, NIMBY, Political vaporware, Politics, Scotland, Wales, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith Now, as election day in Britain dawns, having already mocked the Conservatives’ proposal – use other people’s money and other people’s land in some process other people will figure out after we win – and the […]

Speaking on behalf of the NIMBY party: Part 4, Not motivated by electoral considerations?

6 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Campaigns, Development, England, Homelessness, Homeownership, Land use, NIMBY, Political vaporware, Politics, Scotland, Wales, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith With only a day to go before Britain votes in the general election, nobody is considering the Liberal Democrats’ innovative and sound proposal to develop new master-planned greenfield cities in a brains corridor between Oxford and Cambridge – […]

Speaking on behalf of the NIMBY party: Part 3, The fundamental problem is one of supply

5 May, 2015 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Campaigns, Development, England, Homelessness, Homeownership, Land use, NIMBY, Political vaporware, Politics, Scotland, Wales, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As Britain hurtles toward a more-than-usually-uncertain election this Thursday, instead of focusing on policy (such as housing) most of the pundit talk is over the short-term politicking and the final don’t-think-just-vote-for-me appeals all the candidates are making (complete with tweets congratulating […]

Speaking on behalf of the NIMBY party: Part 2, A genuinely stupid idea

4 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Campaigns, Development, England, Homelessness, Homeownership, Land use, NIMBY, Political vaporware, Politics, Scotland, Wales, Zoning |

[Continued from Friday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we count down to the United Kingdom’s election this Thursday, I think housing is the most important issue for Britain’s economic and social viability: [Britain faces] the challenge of building 300,000 extra houses needed a year to tackle [the country’s] housing crisis.  That’s going the wrong […]

Speaking on behalf of the NIMBY party: Part 1, Hugely popular but widely blamed

1 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Campaigns, Development, England, Homelessness, Homeownership, Land use, NIMBY, Political vaporware, Politics, Scotland, Wales, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith The shorter the election cycle, the dumber the political vaporware, and as the United Kingdom barrels down toward the most confusing and hard-to-predict election for many decades, the buffoonery is rising to a silly crescendo. “The truth is he [Miliband] is weak and despicable.” “When did he [Cameron] lose his nerve?  […]