Category: Apartments

Zoning’s fifth column

26 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Innovations, Law, New York City, Policy, Technology, US News, Zoning |

As my four columns of troops approach the city, a fifth column of people inside the city will support us and undermine the government from within. General Emilio Mola, advancing on Madrid, 1936 (paraphrased from Wikipedia)   By: David A. Smith   According to Gordon Gekko’s reading of Sun Tzu, every battle is won before […]

Month(s) in Review, June and July, 2016: Part 2, From abbey to Madonna

23 August, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, Apartments, cathedrals, Co-ops, company town, Employer-assisted, History, Jeddah, kayfabe, Month in review, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Speculation, Trimontium, Workforce housing |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s Part 1 of the two-month retrospective covered my ruminations about walled cities, some of which, like Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, eventually no longer needed their walls and burst their boundaries; some of the others built around medieval castles retreated into ever-smaller grounds, by the […]

Month(s) in Review, June and July, 2016: Part 1, From Jeddah to castle

22 August, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, Apartments, cathedrals, Co-ops, company town, Employer-assisted, History, Jeddah, kayfabe, Month in review, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Speculation, Trimontium, Workforce housing |

By: David A. Smith   Beginning in June, I did something that I hadn’t done for over a decade – after having posted one installment every business day since mid-2005, I ended up skipping quite a few business days, the blog being a temporary casualty of a stretch of both intense AHI work and four […]

Zoning by the Taste Police: Part 7, Good and bad, I define these terms

18 August, 2016 (09:00) | Apartments, ARZ, as-of-right zoning, Cities, Density, Development, Essential posts, Housing, Manhattan, New York City, San Francisco, struldbrug buildings, Taste police, Urbanization, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   Let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late. – Bob Dylan, 1968   By now it’s apparent from the previous six parts of this post (especially the […]

Zoning by the Taste Police: Part 6, Can’t just wish those pressures away

17 August, 2016 (09:00) | Apartments, ARZ, as-of-right zoning, Cities, Density, Development, Essential posts, Housing, Manhattan, New York City, San Francisco, struldbrug buildings, Taste police, Urbanization, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   Sources used in this post   The New York Times (February 29, 2016; dark green font) The New York Times (May 20, 2016; black font) Boston Globe (July 24, 2016; brown font) […]