Category: Cities

The guru’s daydreams: Part 2, Reinventing the past

30 July, 2014 (10:00) | Cities, Configuration, Density, Housing, Innovations, Markets, Speculation, Technology, Urbanization, ViaTechnik | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As ViaTechnik, which asked me for an email interview (published on ViaTechnik’s blog; July 9, 2014), is primarily a technology and design firm, their initial questions dealt mainly with housing’s and cities’ future: The future begins tomorrow! Problem: People are creating new family units and the […]

The guru’s daydreams: Part 1, Inventing the future

29 July, 2014 (12:01) | Cities, Configuration, Density, Housing, Innovations, Markets, Speculation, Technology, urbanization, ViaTechnik | No comments

By: David A. Smith I dream of financial structures that never were, and hey … let’s underwrite ‘em When I was nineteen, and working as a bellhop at the Newagen Inn (which at the time was a spend-two-weeks .. sojourn), I made the conscious decision that whenever I was asked an earnest and honest question, […]

After release from Coventry: Part 2, On a proper submission

10 July, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Cities, Density, Development, Don Chiofaro, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s post, using an article from the Boston Globe (June 25, 2014), the new Walsh Administration has taken a strikingly different approach to real estate development than did the Menino administrative dictatorship, and while so far all the moves are symbolic, they suggest […]

After release from Coventry: Part 1, Not worthy the cognizance

9 July, 2014 (10:25) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Cities, Density, Development, Don Chiofaro, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By:David A. Smith To have been sent to Coventry is regarded as to be absent. It is often used to punish people. – Wikipedia As new Boston mayor Marty Walsh sets his imprint on Boston’s governance, the city’s real estate development must be and is a centerpiece of his emerging policy, as reported in the […]

The development of trust: Part 2, How to disagree

19 June, 2014 (08:49) | Cities, Development, economics, housing, New Haven, partnership, real estate taxes, theory, trust, Yale, zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith  As we saw yesterday, development (of real estate) takes trust, and trust (of another person) takes time to develop, and the swansong duet of retiring New Haven mayor John DeStefano (now a Yale professor) and retiring Yale president Richard C. Levin, reported last summer in the New […]