Category: China

Month in Review: January, 2014

21 February, 2014 (09:00) | Alabama, Bonds, Chicago, China, Detroit, Immigration, Jefferson County, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Pension liabilities, Remittances, Saudi Arabia |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Dec 13, Nov 13,  Oct 13, Sep 13, Aug 13  Jul 13 Jun 13  May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13.]]    By:David A. Smith   Here in America, we just experienced the coldest January for a century, perhaps a fitting metaphor for a winter of […]

­­Month in Review: December, 2013

17 January, 2014 (09:00) | Children, China, Cities, Detroit, homes, Housing, Informal, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Slums |

By: David A. Smith   [Previous Months in Review available here: Nov 13,Oct 13, Sep 13, Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   I don’t actually enjoy writing detailed expositions of bad news and human foolishness; reporting hardship and failure and loss is depressing, yet […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 5, Larger forces at work

20 December, 2013 (12:13) | Apartments, China, Cities, democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4, and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By:David A. Smith Completing what has become a five-part series on the instant vertical city of Huaming, via a discouraging New York Times (November 10, 2013) article, we’ve seen that China’s leadership developed Huaming in pursuit of a vision of transformative urbanization […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 4, Look at the empty fields

19 December, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, China, Cities, democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   By now in our systematic reorganization and expansion upon a depressing New York Times (November 10, 2013) article on the obliteration of old Huaming (outside Tianjin) in favor of an instantly created new Huaming, readers can see the […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 3, Doubled the price of rice

18 December, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, China, Cities, democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In our continuing multi-part review of the New York Times (November 10, 2013) surprisingly critical article about the forced accelerated urbanization of Huaming outside mega-Tianjin, we had covered the first six steps in the formula for an instant slum.   Yes, […]