Category: Affordability

Chicago’s left behind: Part 2, Those who are gone

5 April, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Chicago, Cities, Demographics, Economics, Housing, Municipal finance, Speculation, Zoning |

 By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, effects always have causes, and if we wait to act until they have become evident even to those committed to denying them, it will often be too late to do much more than mitigate the losses.  Such […]

Chicago’s left behind: Part 1, Those who remain

4 April, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Chicago, Cities, Demographics, Economics, Housing, Municipal finance, Speculation, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith A city’s slow death is a hideous thing, and to watch this happen to Chicago is by turns heartbreaking and  infuriating: heartbreak for the people whose hopes, prospects, choices – their whole lives – are undermined by their city’s failures, and fury at the ecosystem of (mis)government that allows this to […]

Housing in Pogoland: Part 3, Refusal to acknowledge

30 March, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Homeownership, Housing, NIMBY, Overhousing, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] In Pogoland-by-the-Bay, the high price of market housing means the city ought to be consumed with a burning political desire to build more housing and a zeal to slice away any laws or regulations that obstruct affordable housing production – but, […]

Housing in Pogoland: Part 2, Failure to foresee

29 March, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Homeownership, Housing, NIMBY, Overhousing, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] In Pogoland, otherwise known as San Francisco, the enemy of affordability is us. As Conor Friedersdorf discovered to his evident surprise in his recent article (The Atlantic: December 29, 2015), the people being demonized for ‘profiting’ from the housing shortage are in fact those who’d like […]

Housing in Pogoland: Part 1, Good intentions

28 March, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Homeownership, Housing, NIMBY, Overhousing, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith It’s a good thing the Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf doesn’t live in San Francisco, because if he did, his recent article (The Atlantic: December 29, 2015), San Francisco’s Self-Defeating Housing Activists, would get him evicted if he were a renter, picketed if a homeowner, and declared persona non grata if merely a […]