Category: Demographics

Chicago’s left behind: Part 2, Those who are gone

5 April, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Chicago, Cities, Demographics, Economics, Housing, Municipal finance, Speculation, Zoning | No comments

 By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, effects always have causes, and if we wait to act until they have become evident even to those committed to denying them, it will often be too late to do much more than mitigate the losses.  Such […]

Chicago’s left behind: Part 1, Those who remain

4 April, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Chicago, Cities, Demographics, Economics, Housing, Municipal finance, Speculation, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith A city’s slow death is a hideous thing, and to watch this happen to Chicago is by turns heartbreaking and  infuriating: heartbreak for the people whose hopes, prospects, choices – their whole lives – are undermined by their city’s failures, and fury at the ecosystem of (mis)government that allows this to […]

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 […]