Category: Green

Effects have causes, don’t they?

10 May, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Development, Economics, Green, New York City, Rent control, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Though the purpose of journalism is principally to report, now and then one wishes that reporters who observe effects would see them in the context of their causes, as in this story from the Financial Times (March 12, 2013):   Things are connected, you know   Housing crisis deepens for New […]

The town with no name

18 November, 2011 (09:26) | Cities, Configuration, Construction, Green, Housing, Innovations, New Mexico, Speculation, Technology, Urbanization, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Let’s pretend for a moment that you’re the most powerful nation on Earth, yet facing a deadly asymmetric threat – terrorist infiltration, or even home-radicalized terrorists in waiting.    They say I’m paranoid   Your military might is enormous – so enormous that you can’t use them, because laying waste to […]

Doing something concrete about green construction

14 October, 2011 (09:00) | Building materials, Construction, Green, Homeownership, Housing, Innovations, US News | 2 comments

By:David A. Smith   As poverty is not green, a world of over six billion people can accommodate them greenly only if we both increase global wealth and find new building and construction forms, preferably those that will accommodate multi-story and multi-unit structures.  Out of today’s welter of possible new technologies, a few will emerge […]

“You have the right to remain stupid”

4 April, 2011 (12:21) | California, Green, Housing, Innovations, Regulation, US News, Utilities |

By: David A. Smith   “You have the right to remain stupid.”   “Anything you say can and will be used …” <Prompting> “… as a flotation device.”   Via loyal reader Matthew Healy comes a Mercury News testimonial to the blinkered, philistine pig-ignorance allowed as a sovereign and inalienable American right:   PUC orders […]

Up on the green roof

27 January, 2011 (10:39) | Cities, Condominiums, Green, Housing, Innovations, New York City, Roofs |

 By: David A. Smith   When this old world starts getting me down And people are just too much for me to face I climb way up to the top of the stairs And all my cares just drift right into space   For human beings, it’s not enough to do right, it’s important to […]