Category: democracy

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 […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 3, Doubled the price of rice

18 December, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, China, Cities, democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In our continuing multi-part review of the New York Times (November 10, 2013) surprisingly critical article about the forced accelerated urbanization of Huaming outside mega-Tianjin, we had covered the first six steps in the formula for an instant slum.   Yes, […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 2, Tore up the roads

17 December, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, China, Cities, democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post brought us, via the New York Times (November 10, 2013), to Huaming, a large village cluster on the outskirts of expanding Tianjin.    China’s affordable housing and urbanization strategies Relevant posts from AHI   September 12, 2013: Why we have building codes: July […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 1, This was their land

16 December, 2013 (11:43) | Apartments, China, Cities, democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, urban development, Urbanization |

 By:David A. Smith   Mid-rise apartments in what used to be Huaming village   What the fuck are you doing? This is not shit for you to be messin’ with. Are you ready to hear something? I want you to see if this sounds familiar: any time you try a decent crime, you got fifty […]