Category: Entrepreneur

Chez Reductio ad Gotham

5 August, 2013 (14:13) | Airbnb, Entrepreneur, Hotels, Housing, Informality, Markets, New York City, Regulation, Rent control, Rent stabilization, US News |

By:David A. Smith   When laws are rotten, regulations become absurd and stakeholder behaviors become perverse; ergo, when you discover progressively more absurd regulations and ever more perverse stakeholder behaviors, you can be sure that at root are rotten laws – as in this New York Post (July 22, 2013) tale of fraud, conspiracy, income […]

Entrepreneurial barracks: Part 2, the furious future?

17 July, 2012 (10:08) | Apartments, Cities, Dormitories, Entrepreneur, Hostels, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Rental, Rooming Houses, San Francisco, Tenure |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post introduced us, via an aren’t-they-clever little story from the New York Times, so some enterprising young Californian women who’ve started running a chain of white-collar crash pads for aspiring tech entrepreneurs who’d eschew eating and sleeping altogether if they could, and if they […]

Entrepreneurial barracks: Part 1, the blithe present

16 July, 2012 (11:41) | Apartments, Cities, Dormitories, Entrepreneur, Hostels, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Rental, Rooming Houses, San Francisco, Tenure | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Look – over in Silicon Valley.  It’s a hotel!  It’s a rooming house!  It’s an apartment!   No, it’s … Superdorm?   Whatever this unusual living accommodation is, it’s serving a need and creating a business, as revealed in this gee-whiz article from the New York Times:   Crammed Into Cheap […]

Then they came for the food carts

14 June, 2012 (10:25) | Cities, Entrepreneur, Informality, Land use, Markets, New York City, Public space, Sidewalks, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Cities’ growth oscillates between chaos and control, between Jane Jacobs’ uninhibited urban mess and Le Corbusier’s uninhabitable blocks; while it is chaos that ferments entrepreneurial new jobs, chaos means clutter and entropy.    We can’t have you here, you’re providing a desired product and an entrepreneurial job   Into this endless […]

Who grows there? Part 2, the community’s response

6 June, 2012 (16:07) | California, Crime, Entrepreneur, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, Marijuana, Markets, Occupancy, US News, Value chain |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post smoked out the issue, latent in a New York Times story about marijuana grow houses, that illegal activity (even if it’s the most unassuming and seemingly peaceful) is a community risk, and one that proliferates when communities decline and are riddled with vacant […]