Category: Demographics

The where we were

27 December, 2013 (13:02) | Demographics, Economics, Housing, maps, Migration, Seth Kadish, Speculation |

By:David A. Smith   Any interstellar telescope looks not just into space but back into the past – and so it is with housing.  Homes are an exoskeletal manifestation of our vision of ourselves and our families – and the where we were, as presented, with a great visual and no analysis whatsoever, in the […]

Unwelcome in Portland: Part 2, voters are completely schizophrenic?

4 October, 2013 (10:28) | Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Economy, Housing, Land use, Oregon, Portland, US News, Washington State, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   In yesterday’s post, expanding on a wry Economist (July 27, 2013) article on Portland’s defensive defenses of the city’s and state’s deflection of dastardly development, we saw that Portland’s strategy has consigned the city to second-tier status, permanently losing the competition with Seattle and now […]

Unwelcome in Portland: Part 1, the ravenous rampage of suburbia?

3 October, 2013 (13:06) | Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Economy, Housing, Land use, Oregon, Portland, US News, Washington State, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Evolution works by simultaneous mutation and natural selection; science works by replicable paired experiments between a study group and a control group, and for both of these, America’s vast space and our three-leveled government create a huge range of possibilities – which is my circuitous introduction to the value of studying […]

Doors of equal size: Part 2, left over women

31 May, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, China, Demographics, Families, Global news, Housing, Markets, marriage, Speculation, Urbanization |

 By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1]   Yesterday’s post on matchmaking in China, using an absorbing article in the New York Times (March 10, 2013) (channeling China Daily three years earlier), brought us two demographic realities: China’s wealth has been booming, leading to a widening Gini coefficient (haves and have-nots) and China has […]

Doors of equal size: Part 1, excess men

30 May, 2013 (09:49) | Apartments, China, Demographics, Families, Global news, Housing, Markets, marriage, Speculation, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   So bound up are we by our place of habitation (you are what you live in) that we use abode as a proxy for family status (household!), for social status (“they bought a McMansion“), for family configuration (“we’re moving in together”), and for health status (“we’re moving Mom to a nursing […]