Category: Employer-assisted

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 3a, The abbey and its revenue model

27 June, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | No comments

 [Continued from last week’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1]   By: David A. Smith   As we saw in the preceding Part 2, after the demise of the Roman fort model of new-town establishment came the era of the fortified castle, where a single compound served as capital city, market nexus, cultural center, […]

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 2, The medieval castle

22 June, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | No comments

 [Continued from Monday’s Part 1]   By: David A. Smith   [Apologia to readers: having spent five of the last seven weeks out of town, I exhausted my inventory of blog posts and am slowly rebuilding it as I unbury my desk.  Reliable daily service will resume shortly.  Thanks for your patience!  – Ed.]   […]

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 1, The Roman fort

20 June, 2016 (08:53) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | 1 comment

 By: David A. Smith   Spend two and a half weeks in Scotland looking at centuries-old ruins, and a person obsessed with housing and urbanization inevitably organizes what into a Grand Theory of Pre-Municipal Cities that encompasses four typologies.   Compared with rural living (the farmstead), a village, a suburb, or even a town, a […]

Employer-assisted housing: Part 2, the why

10 July, 2009 (11:08) | Employer-assisted, Innovations, Local issues, Tenure, Workforce housing |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday we explored how employer-assisted housing payments work, at least in the specific case of Chicago homeownership, via a Chicago Tribune article.    With the inversion in housing policy innovation, advances in workforce housing finance are being led by employers who cannot find employees willing to work for what […]

Employer-assisted housing: Part 1, the how

9 July, 2009 (11:46) | Employer-assisted, Innovations, Local issues, Tenure, Workforce housing |

Start with three facts:   1. People want to own homes.  2. Owning a home decreases labor mobility.  3. Employers value loyalty and longevity of service.    The simplest formulas can yield the most complex results   Mix them together and you have the formula for a cluster of initiatives known broadly as employer-assisted housing […]