Category: England

Month in Review: May, 2015

26 June, 2015 (10:00) | Blogs, Boston, CalPERS, England, Essential posts, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, NIMBY, Parking, Stockton, United Kingdom, Workforce housing, Zaatari | No comments

By: David A. Smith There’s never a straight man in Monty Python — even if one character appears relatively sane, that illusion will shortly be upended.  Too much bull? Similarly, voters in England who might reject the Monster Raving Loony Party could have hoped that among the remainder – Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats – there […]

Speaking on behalf of the NIMBY party: Part 5, A lack of understanding of the economics

7 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Campaigns, Development, England, Homelessness, Homeownership, Land use, NIMBY, Political vaporware, Politics, Scotland, Wales, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith Now, as election day in Britain dawns, having already mocked the Conservatives’ proposal – use other people’s money and other people’s land in some process other people will figure out after we win – and the […]

Speaking on behalf of the NIMBY party: Part 4, Not motivated by electoral considerations?

6 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Campaigns, Development, England, Homelessness, Homeownership, Land use, NIMBY, Political vaporware, Politics, Scotland, Wales, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith With only a day to go before Britain votes in the general election, nobody is considering the Liberal Democrats’ innovative and sound proposal to develop new master-planned greenfield cities in a brains corridor between Oxford and Cambridge – […]

Speaking on behalf of the NIMBY party: Part 3, The fundamental problem is one of supply

5 May, 2015 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Campaigns, Development, England, Homelessness, Homeownership, Land use, NIMBY, Political vaporware, Politics, Scotland, Wales, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As Britain hurtles toward a more-than-usually-uncertain election this Thursday, instead of focusing on policy (such as housing) most of the pundit talk is over the short-term politicking and the final don’t-think-just-vote-for-me appeals all the candidates are making (complete with tweets congratulating […]

Speaking on behalf of the NIMBY party: Part 2, A genuinely stupid idea

4 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Campaigns, Development, England, Homelessness, Homeownership, Land use, NIMBY, Political vaporware, Politics, Scotland, Wales, Zoning |

[Continued from Friday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we count down to the United Kingdom’s election this Thursday, I think housing is the most important issue for Britain’s economic and social viability: [Britain faces] the challenge of building 300,000 extra houses needed a year to tackle [the country’s] housing crisis.  That’s going the wrong […]