Category: California

That’s MY public property, not yours

15 August, 2013 (10:46) | Beaches, California, Easement, Malibu, NIMBY, Public property, Zoning | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Human beings are remarkably consistent, just not in ways that we say we’re consistent.  So all of us are fully in favor of public property, when it’s a place I want to visit, but when you want to visit my public property, why then my consistency demands that I oppose your […]

Month in Review: July, 2013: Part 2, Cities are what make nations:

9 August, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, California, China, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Mobile homes, Rent control, San Francisco, Speculation, Stockton, Tiny tower, Urbanization, US News, Zaatari | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   [Previous Months in Review available here: June 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   Even as the growth and quality of housing is what defines a city’s growth and quality, a city can so take its housing for granted that it […]

Month in Review: July, 2013: Part 1, Housing is what makes cities

8 August, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, California, China, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Mobile homes, Rent control, San Francisco, Speculation, Stockton, Tiny tower, Urbanization, US News, Zaatari |

By:David A. Smith   [Previous Months in Review available here: June 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   Housing is what makes cities, and cities are what make nations, and in July I looked at four cities across the full range from ideal  to all-too-real, starting with the i-city that I […]

NORCs like us: Part 6, Reclaiming trailer trash

5 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, California, Communities, Demographics, Elderly, Homeownership, Housing, Innovations, Mobile homes, NORCs, Pismo Beach, Rental, Tenure, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]   By:David A. Smith   If mobile homes can and should be a major contributor to addressing the aging of America by providing affordable service-enrichable housing, as implied by Lisa Margonelli’s Pacific Standard Magazine article about the Pismo Dunes mobile […]

NORCs like us: Part 5, Neither renters nor homeowners

3 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, California, Communities, Demographics, Elderly, Homeownership, Housing, Innovations, Mobile homes, NORCs, Pismo Beach, Rental, Tenure, US News |

 [Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By:David A. Smith   By now our examination of Lisa Margonelli’s Pacific Standard Magazine article about Pismo Dunes has shown that elderly-oriented mobile home parks could be a key to improved service-enriched elderly living, possibly a major contributor to restraining the […]