Category: Bureaucracy

Zeno’s Public-Consultation Paradox: Part 2, No matter how much time you allow

19 March, 2014 (09:00) | Brazil, Bureaucracy, Government, Infrastructure, Olympics, Public choice theory, Relocation, Rio de Janeiro, Theory, Urban development |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post meta-illustrated Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox – you might have thought I could cover the topic in one day’s posting, but I ran over to two, even though I was working with a short story on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition (February 27, 2014).: […]

Zeno’s Public-Consultation Paradox: Part 1, Longer than the time available

18 March, 2014 (13:24) | Brazil, Bureaucracy, Government, Infrastructure, Olympics, Public choice theory, Relocation, Rio de Janeiro, Theory, Urban renewal |

By:David A. Smith   Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox   All public-consultation processes take longer than the time available, even when you take into consideration Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox.   Surely Achilles can catch the tortoise Just as surely, Rio can relocate slum dwellers without resorting to forcible eviction   Sometimes no evil intent is required […]

When you can’t say anything NYCHA: Part 4, “little consistency with best practices”

7 September, 2012 (09:23) | Bureaucracy, Housing, Management consulting, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Regulation, Rental, Section 8, Unions |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   Thus, having worked through all of Boston Consulting Group’s operational recommendations in its long-awaited and quite expensive critique, Reshaping NYCHA support functions (link to the full 1.78 Meg report in pdf), we come back to where I […]

When you can’t say anything NYCHA: Part 3, “sprawling, unlinked network”

6 September, 2012 (09:21) | Bureaucracy, Housing, Management consulting, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Regulation, Rental, Section 8, Unions |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Though I’ve already spent two days expounding on the Boston Consulting Group’s lengthy and quite expensive critique, Reshaping NYCHA support functions (link to the full 1.78 Meg report in pdf), there’s plenty more fault to find.   Notice that there […]

When you can’t say anything NYCHA: Part 2, “highly bureaucratic, inefficient”

5 September, 2012 (09:25) | Bureaucracy, Housing, Management consulting, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Regulation, Rental, Section 8, Unions | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, digging into the Boston Consulting Group’s extensive and detailed report, Reshaping NYCHA support functions (link to the full 1.78 Meg report in pdf)– for which Chairman Rhea paid a firm he used to work for $10,000,000 – documented both its dysfunctional board and […]