Category: Farouk El-Baz

Month in Review, August, 2013: Part 2, Don’t you want a second pillar?

25 October, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Broken Windows Theory, Chelsea, Configuration, Farouk El-Baz, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Michael McLaughlin, Micro-housing, Month in review, Public housing, Security |

[Previous Months in Reviews available here: Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apl 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]     By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   If the poor are not universally saints, neither are those in government administration, and through 2013, I’ve been among those dismantling, in the […]

Month in Review, August, 2013: Part 1, A plumber with a pencil

24 October, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Broken Windows Theory, Chelsea, Configuration, Farouk El-Baz, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Michael McLaughlin, Micro-housing, Month in review, Public housing, Security |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apl 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   By:David A. Smith   We had a beach but it got boiled away   During hot sultry August, I devoted as many parts as I’ve ever used in a single post to an eight-part […]

City of mirages: Part 8, Can this road make sense?

4 September, 2013 (09:00) | Agriculture, Cairo, Economics, Egypt, Farouk El-Baz, Finance, Futurism, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Nile, Speculation, Urbanization | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5,  and Part 6.]   In exploring Professor Farouk El-Baz’s dramatic vision of a transportation corridor 30-40 miles west of the Nile as an economic lightning rod, I’ve spent seven parts exploring the concept from […]

City of mirages: Part 7, The project’s history

3 September, 2013 (10:39) | Agriculture, Cairo, Cities, Economics, Egypt, Farouk El-Baz, Finance, Futurism, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Nile, Speculation, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   Finally, after six posts and 10,000 words, we’ve reached the point in our detailed analysis of Farouk El-Baz’s visionary transportation corridor that, having heard its extended criticism from other Egyptian geologists and hydrographers […]

City of mirages: Part 6, Financing challenges

30 August, 2013 (12:40) | Agriculture, Cairo, Cities, Economics, Egypt, Farouk El-Baz, Finance, Futurism, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Nile, Speculation, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,  and Part 4.]   In the five parts of this post up to now, I’ve spent a great many words, and will spend more in this and the subsequent parts [Reader groans – Ed.], because while on the one […]