Category: Essential posts

No new housing, no new jobs

18 August, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Cities, Development, Development economics, Economic development, Essential posts, Housing, London, Supply, Theory, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Want more jobs in your community?  Add more affordable housing. That’s not just logic, it’s also supported by evidence, and reported in The Economist (July 19, 2015): Since the financial crisis, sagging productivity growth has given politicians and economists alike sleepless nights.  In America productivity has risen by just 9% since […]

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 |

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 […]

Ten years a blogger: Part 14, Housing and mobility

29 May, 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 13 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, and Part 12.] By: David A. Smith Even bloggers can go full-time in an RV Section 14. Housing and mobility, including mobile housing “This year […]

Ten years a blogger: Part 13, Housing and urban land uses

28 May, 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 12 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, and Part 11.] By: David A. Smith Section 13. Housing tenures and urban land uses In parallel with my exploration of housing as a technological form, or […]

Ten years a blogger: Part 12, Housing and cities

27 May, 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 11 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, and Part 10.] By: David A. Smith Section 12. Housing in the context of cities Housing is what makes cities; without housing, a complex of building is an industrial […]