Category: China

Month in Review, March, 2016: Part 2, Two tales of two countries

24 May, 2016 (10:04) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Democracy, Global news, Government, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, in complex systems like cities, government, and housing, success looks easy only after the fact, and invites tinkering with the finely balanced elements of that success.   See?  Nothing to it!   Indeed, many there are who believe […]

Month in Review, March, 2016: Part 1, Two tales of two cities

23 May, 2016 (08:38) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Democracy, Global news, Government, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Before human beings had nations, cities were the dominant political unit, and it was through cities that momentous change came to the world – so we say Athens and think philosophy, Rome and empire, Florence and the Renaissance.    Inventing a Renaissance within the city’s walls   Because cities are defined […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 6, Nervous of big land reform

26 April, 2016 (09:31) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   By: David A. Smith   As we’ve seen in previous parts of this post, if Chongqing’s ongoing experiment in urban economic democratization is not reversed or stopped – and as reported in a solid article in Economist […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 5, A free market for rural property

25 April, 2016 (11:19) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Property rights, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By: David A. Smith   By now in this post it should be apparent, even working with the limited information presented by the useful survey article in the Economist (March 26, 2016), that the urban reforms launched by Bo […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 4, One of the party’s obsessions

22 April, 2016 (10:00) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Property rights, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By: David A. Smith   In yesterday’s part 3, we established that while Bo Xilai’s red star was still rising in Chongqing, he initiated a comprehensive urbanization reform program with three parts.   Point 1, reform hukou.  Point 2, deliver affordable […]