Category: Essential posts

Month in Review: March, 2015

30 April, 2015 (10:00) | Blogs, Essential posts, Government, Greece, Grexit, Lucy Martin, Month in review, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Political theory, Real estate taxes, Taxation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith During March, in honored surprise at a decade’s worth of continuous blogging, I published the first 10/17ths of the longest post I’ve ever done, Ten Years a Blogger, As an encyclopedia should seldom be excerpted, I’ll simply list the titles here: Ten years a blogger: Part 1, What is a blog?, […]

Ten years a blogger: Part 10, Affordability and government

20 March, 2015 (09:00) | Blogs, Capital markets, Cities, Essential posts, Evolution, Finance, Global news, Government, Holmes on housing, Mobile homes, Money, Slums, Theory, US News, Value chain |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 9 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.] By: David A. Smith Section 10. Affordable housing and the essential role of government Because sustainable urban affordable housing always costs money, it arises only when a benefactor is willing […]

Ten years a blogger: Part 9, Housing’s value chains

19 March, 2015 (09:00) | Blogs, Capital markets, Cities, Essential posts, Evolution, Finance, Global news, Government, Holmes on housing, Mobile homes, Money, Slums, Theory, US News, Value chain |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 8 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.] By: David A. Smith Section 9. Housing’s value chains: Supply side and demand side Once one grasps that slums are economically rational, and a transitional phase brought on my rapid urbanization that […]

Ten years a blogger: Part 8, Slums as an asset class

18 March, 2015 (10:00) | Blogs, Capital markets, Cities, Essential posts, Evolution, Finance, Global news, Government, Holmes on housing, Mobile homes, Money, Slums, Theory, US News, Value chain |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By: David A. Smith Section 8. Slums as market response, asset class, and transitional urban adaptation From my first slum-theory post on slums as spontaneous communities, I’ve devoted scores of posts to slums (or […]

Ten years a blogger: Part 7, Housing as urban technology

17 March, 2015 (10:00) | Blogs, Capital markets, Cities, Essential posts, Evolution, Finance, Global news, Government, Holmes on housing, Mobile homes, Money, Slums, Theory, US News, Value chain |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith Section 7. The ongoing study of housing as urban technology Despite having had just short of thirty years’ experience with US affordable housing when I started the blog, and despite thinking about […]