Category: Cities

Vote bankruptcy in 2016!

8 February, 2016 (10:00) | Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Homeownership, Housing, Municipal bankruptcy, Politics, Public-employee pensions, Rahm Emanuel, Speculation, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith   When you don’t pay your electric bill, the company shuts off the power.  When you exhaust your credit card, the company cuts you off.  And when you’re unable to prepay old bond issues, this becomes a problem for you only if you cannot sell new bond issues.  And that is […]

Morality, economy, innumeracy, illogic: Part 8, Feeling and history

29 January, 2016 (10:00) | Air rights, Apartments, Capital markets, Cities, Development, Gentrification, History, Housing, Land use economics, Morality, New York City, Nonprofits, Rental, Theology, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By: David A. Smith “All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.” ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt […]

Morality, economy, innumeracy, illogic: Part 7, Reasoning and choices

28 January, 2016 (10:00) | Air rights, Apartments, Capital markets, Cities, Development, Gentrification, History, Housing, Land use economics, Morality, New York City, Nonprofits, Rental, Theology, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from last week’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith Technical difficulties addressed Technical difficulties interrupted the completion of this; apologies for the interruption.  Thanks for your patience.   – Ed. Who cares whether my argument is solidly rooted? Stubborn and ardent […]

Ten years a blogger: Part 17, Holmes and housing solutions

27 January, 2016 (10:00) | Blogs, Capital markets, Cities, Essential posts, Evolution, Finance, Global news, Government, Holmes on housing, Mobile homes, Money, Slums, Theory, US News, Value chain | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 16 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, and Part 15.] By: David A. Smith ‘You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.” Ten […]

Ten years a blogger: Part 16, Holmes on housing finance

26 January, 2016 (10:00) | Blogs, Capital markets, Cities, Essential posts, Evolution, Finance, Global news, Government, Holmes on housing, Mobile homes, Money, Slums, Theory, US News, Value chain | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 15 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, and Part 14.] By: David A. Smith “It is my business to know what other people don’t know.” Section 16. Sherlock […]