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, Economics, 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, Economics, 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 […]

Urbanization at warp speed: Part 3, taking root?

17 July, 2013 (13:42) | China, Cities, Demographics, Global news, Housing, Slums, Urban planning, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As it says on Hell’s gates, we had such good intentions.  China’s leadership, seeking to exploit its window of current massive export-driven wealth generation, is trying forcibly to remake the nation by moving a fraction of its rural citizens – a […]

Urbanization at warp speed: Part 2, rootless

16 July, 2013 (11:23) | China, Cities, Demographics, Global news, Housing, Slums, Urban planning, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Does forcing the line up also force it to the right?   Yesterday we saw that China, realizing humanity’s future is urban, has decided to use Urban Growth Hormone (UGH) to accelerate a process that elsewhere in the world has typically taken half a century […]