Category: Democracy

Month in Review, March, 2016: Part 2, Two tales of two countries

24 May, 2016 (10:04) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Democracy, Global news, Government, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, in complex systems like cities, government, and housing, success looks easy only after the fact, and invites tinkering with the finely balanced elements of that success.   See?  Nothing to it!   Indeed, many there are who believe […]

Month in Review, March, 2016: Part 1, Two tales of two cities

23 May, 2016 (08:38) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Democracy, Global news, Government, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Before human beings had nations, cities were the dominant political unit, and it was through cities that momentous change came to the world – so we say Athens and think philosophy, Rome and empire, Florence and the Renaissance.    Inventing a Renaissance within the city’s walls   Because cities are defined […]

Opting out of micro-government: Part 9, Fewer in numbers all the time

7 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 8 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.] Before I sleep – Robert Frost By: David A. Smith As we’ve seen in these leisurely ramble through the north Maine woods, for a town to deorganize is no easy matter.  Sources […]

Opting out of micro-government: Part 8, Parent choice is a misunderstanding

4 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] And miles to go – Robert Frost By: David A. Smith Closing down a town, as we saw in yesterday’s post following Cary Plantation, Maine, is a more complicated business than it might seem, […]

Opting out of micro-government: Part 7, Often in a nearby district

3 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] But I have promises to keep – Robert Frost By: David A. Smith First and foremost, as we saw yesterday, a town’s deorganization is an economic decision made after demographic forces have atrophied the town’s population […]