Category: Elections

Half a century of housing policy failure: Part 10, “Should be the top priority as it relates to tech”

25 October, 2017 (09:00) | California, Demographics, Economics, Elections, Homelessness, Housing, Incentives, Inclusionary zoning, Law, Local issues, NIMBY, Regulation, US News, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9.]   If, as we’ve established, the housing element has got to go so that Proposition 13 can be likewise repealed or routed around, the new tool […]

Half a century of housing policy failure: Part 9, “Generational tide of anger”

23 October, 2017 (09:00) | California, Demographics, Economics, Elections, Homelessness, Housing, Incentives, Inclusionary zoning, Law, Local issues, NIMBY, Regulation, US News, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.]   As you are reading this post, and presuming that you got here having read the preceding eight parts, you know that California’s housing policy, whose foundation is […]

Pulling a Cyrus for City Hall?

24 September, 2013 (10:38) | Architecture, Boston, City Hall, Elections, Hastert, Housing, Land use, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, Urban development, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   With a handful of days to go before the Boston mayoral primary, candidate Marty Walsh has just pulled a Cyrus, a neologism I’ve just coined to describe someone who shamelessly grabs the spotlight in a crowded field:   Worked, didn’t it?   Candidate Walsh’s announcement got him the front page of […]

Being vouchered off the island? Part 4, the tribe has spoken

10 August, 2012 (10:05) | Cities, Disasters, Elections, Galveston, HUD, Local issues, NIMBY, Portability, Public housing, Regulation, Section 8, Subsidy, US News, Vouchers | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By:David A. Smith   As the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Ike approached, with the Galveston Housing Authority having decided to partner with a private developer (McCormack Baron) to rebuild a brand-new HOPE VI development on the site where stood four public housing […]

Being vouchered off the island? Part 3, tribal council

9 August, 2012 (10:05) | Cities, Disasters, Elections, Galveston, HUD, Local issues, NIMBY, Portability, Public housing, Regulation, Section 8, Subsidy, US News, Vouchers |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By:David A. Smith   As we saw in Part 1 and Part 2, three and a half years after Hurricane Ike totaled four Galveston public housing properties, only forty homes had been rebuilt, and the housing authority had given up on two issues.    (1) […]