Category: Economy

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 […]

The first bottom

3 May, 2010 (11:46) | Capital markets, Economy, Land, Speculation, Subprime, US News |

By: David A. Smith    When I return from morning tennis and wait at the intersection of Mount Auburn Street and Fresh Pond Parkway, I can jump right on the green, beating the 71 and 73 buses off the mark, which is important since they always start rolling even before the light has changed.   […]