Category: China

Urbanization, meet displacement?

13 June, 2014 (11:54) | Apartments, Australia, China, foreign investment, global news, homeownership, housing, markets, urbanization | No comments

By: David A. Smith  Trust the BBC, in a story filed on BBC New (March 5, 2014), to find the dark lining inside the silver cloud, in this case the rapid rise in housing prices in Australia’s destination cities, Sydney and Melbourne. Australians priced out of housing, report says How many Chinese investors do you […]

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 […]