Category: Cities

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 3a, The abbey and its revenue model

27 June, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | No comments

 [Continued from last week’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1]   By: David A. Smith   As we saw in the preceding Part 2, after the demise of the Roman fort model of new-town establishment came the era of the fortified castle, where a single compound served as capital city, market nexus, cultural center, […]

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 2, The medieval castle

22 June, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | No comments

 [Continued from Monday’s Part 1]   By: David A. Smith   [Apologia to readers: having spent five of the last seven weeks out of town, I exhausted my inventory of blog posts and am slowly rebuilding it as I unbury my desk.  Reliable daily service will resume shortly.  Thanks for your patience!  – Ed.]   […]

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 1, The Roman fort

20 June, 2016 (08:53) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | 1 comment

 By: David A. Smith   Spend two and a half weeks in Scotland looking at centuries-old ruins, and a person obsessed with housing and urbanization inevitably organizes what into a Grand Theory of Pre-Municipal Cities that encompasses four typologies.   Compared with rural living (the farmstead), a village, a suburb, or even a town, a […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 8, The same gloomy thing for forty years

15 April, 2016 (09:30) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. – Gilda […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 7, Great for criminals as a place to hide

14 April, 2016 (10:21) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   People feel that the EU is heading in a direction that they never signed up to. They resent the interference in our national life by what they see as unnecessary rules […]