Category: Cities

Shadow housing: Part 2, 0.3% of the daylight exposure

26 April, 2017 (09:19) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   “So they play that on their fascist banjos, eh?” “You choose the wrong adjective.” “You’ve already used up all the others.” – Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light   As we saw in Part 1, the Friends of the Public Garden have set their opposition […]

Shadow housing: Part 1, $35 million for public housing

24 April, 2017 (09:00) | Affordability, Boston, Cities, Density, Development, Housing, Politics, Public Garden, Public housing, Rental, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   “You talk as if we desire perpetually this burden of godhood, as if we seek to maintain a dark age that we may know forever the wearisome condition of our enforced divinity!” “In a word,” said Sam, “yes.” – Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light   And here I thought […]

Moving in on the ground floor: Part 2, What will appear

12 April, 2017 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Apartments, Cities, Housing, Land use, New York City, Retail, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   In Monday’s Part 1 of this (thankfully, only) two-part post, using as our seed an article from Crain’s New York (January 29, 2017), as supplemented by a serendipitous piece in Crain’s New York (April 9, 2017; burnt orange font), we saw that I pronounced […]

Moving in on the ground floor: Part 1, What will disappear

10 April, 2017 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Apartments, Cities, Housing, Land use, New York City, Retail, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith   The narrower your tunnel vision, the more you fear what’s outside your perception cone:   The truth is out there   Add to that the scattered nature of news and the journalist’s hunger for topical stories with a human face, and what gets published can be expected to spotlight the […]

Month in Review: September, 2016

4 January, 2017 (09:00) | Bent Flyvbjerg, budgeting, Cities, funeral homes, Housing, megaprojects, Olympics, Speculation, Urbanism, US News |

  By: David A. Smith   In this blog’s second decade, my posts have evolved away from reaction shots to short-term events – the world already has more of them than it needs, it doesn’t need mine – and have instead become a published commonplace book of discursive essays, wherein I exploit the freedom of […]