Category: Density

The NIMBYist surcharge: Part 3, no use of you running or screaming or crying

21 October, 2011 (09:48) | Affordability, Density, Development, Housing, New York, NIMBY, US News, Woodstock, Zoning |

[Concluded from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   One generation got old One generation got sold This generation got no destination to hold Jefferson Airplane, Volunteers, Woodstock 1969   Jefferson Airplane, Woodstock   As we saw yesterday, via a September 13, 2011 New York Times story (supplemented by […]

The NIMBYist surcharge: Part 2, all this fussing and fighting, man

20 October, 2011 (10:10) | Affordability, Density, Development, Housing, New York, NIMBY, US News, Woodstock, Zoning | 2 comments

[Continued from yesterday's  Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends Joe Cocker, With a Little Help from My Friends, Woodstock 1969 Joe Cocker at Woodstock   Yesterday we dug beneath the surface of peace-and-love Woodstock, New York, profiled in a September 13, 2011 New […]

The NIMBYist surcharge: Part 1, I’m going up the country, baby

19 October, 2011 (10:54) | Affordability, Density, Development, Housing, New York, NIMBY, US News, Woodstock, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   If you can’t beat it, bankrupt it?    If you smile at me, I will understand Because that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language – Crosby Still & Nash, Wooden Ships   That seems to be the strategy of a diverse coalition of affordable housing opponents, united […]

Much like London

18 August, 2011 (09:06) | Behavior, Cities, Density, Housing, London, New York, Theory |

By:David A. Smith   Just as people need work, people need stress – it’s the antidote to boredom, and the goad that stimulates us to all achievement, and all the rewards that achievement brings.   On TV, so it must be true   But we need Epicurean stress – enough, but not too much – […]

Evicted upward

14 April, 2011 (11:47) | China, Cities, Density, Eminent domain, Eviction, Housing, Land use, Law, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   Having by now written extensively on China, I’ve become convinced that three mutually reinforcing phenomena underlie its real estate and affordable housing challenges:   1. Rapid economic development driving rapid urbanization. 2. A dysfunctional land-and-local-government system that is a money factory. 3. Weak eminent-domain rights and a coercive government.   […]