Category: Families

The family compound: Part 2, Expanding the family

23 September, 2013 (13:08) | ADU, Configuration, Families, Housing, Infill, Informality, Los Angeles, TOD, Transit Oriented Development, Urbanization, US News, Verticality, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday post using as source an interesting if oblivious Wall Street Journal (June 3, 2013) article showed that when a city is facing continuous immigration pressure, that city must go up (into high-rises, often condos) or infill (by increasing FAR of already-developed plots), because otherwise […]

The family compound: Part 1, Expanding the property

19 September, 2013 (13:15) | ADU, Configuration, Families, Housing, Infill, Informality, Los Angeles, TOD, Transit Oriented Development, Urbanization, US News, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   My years working on slums, slum formalization, and slum upgrading have opened my eyes to two urban phenomena – informality and urban evolution – that are seemingly invisible to ordinary formal-world observers, even people paid to look at such things, as illustrated by this interesting Wall Street Journal (June 3, 2013) […]

Evicting the victim: Part 2, “I was afraid I’d lose my house, my job, and my daughter”

6 September, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Constitution, Domestic violence, Enforcement, Eviction, Families, Gender dynamics, Informality, Landlords, Law, Nuisance ordinance, Regulation, Rental, SROs, Supportive housing, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, taking off from an article in the New York Times (August 17, 2013), demonstrated the real-world consequences of an abstract-legal-principle law that simplifies a lawmaker’s job by deciding that if there’s “too many” disturbances at someone’s apartment, then either the tenant or the […]

Evicting the victim: Part 1, “If I called the police, I’d be evicted”

5 September, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Constitution, Domestic violence, Enforcement, Eviction, Families, Gender dynamics, Informality, Landlords, Law, Nuisance ordinance, Regulation, Rental, SROs, Supportive housing, US News |

By:David A. Smith   In the realm of law, boundaries are neatly drawn and readily discernible.  Landlords rent to families, and violence in an apartment must of necessity be someone’s fault – either the family’s or the landlord’s.  So broken-windows theory laws like this one, reported in the New York Times (August 17, 2013), appear […]

Doors of equal size: Part 2, left over women

31 May, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, China, Demographics, Families, Global news, Housing, Markets, Marriage, Speculation, Urbanization |

 By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1]   Yesterday’s post on matchmaking in China, using an absorbing article in the New York Times (March 10, 2013) (channeling China Daily three years earlier), brought us two demographic realities: China’s wealth has been booming, leading to a widening Gini coefficient (haves and have-nots) and China has […]