Category: History

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 2, The medieval castle

22 June, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | No comments

 [Continued from Monday’s Part 1]   By: David A. Smith   [Apologia to readers: having spent five of the last seven weeks out of town, I exhausted my inventory of blog posts and am slowly rebuilding it as I unbury my desk.  Reliable daily service will resume shortly.  Thanks for your patience!  – Ed.]   […]

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 1, The Roman fort

20 June, 2016 (08:53) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | 1 comment

 By: David A. Smith   Spend two and a half weeks in Scotland looking at centuries-old ruins, and a person obsessed with housing and urbanization inevitably organizes what into a Grand Theory of Pre-Municipal Cities that encompasses four typologies.   Compared with rural living (the farmstead), a village, a suburb, or even a town, a […]

Morality, economy, innumeracy, illogic: Part 8, Feeling and history

29 January, 2016 (10:00) | Air rights, Apartments, Capital markets, Cities, Development, Gentrification, History, Housing, Land use economics, Morality, New York City, Nonprofits, Rental, Theology, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [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 “All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.” ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt […]

Morality, economy, innumeracy, illogic: Part 7, Reasoning and choices

28 January, 2016 (10:00) | Air rights, Apartments, Capital markets, Cities, Development, Gentrification, History, Housing, Land use economics, Morality, New York City, Nonprofits, Rental, Theology, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from last week’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith Technical difficulties addressed Technical difficulties interrupted the completion of this; apologies for the interruption.  Thanks for your patience.   – Ed. Who cares whether my argument is solidly rooted? Stubborn and ardent […]

Morality, economy, innumeracy, illogic: Part 6, Protest and reasoning

21 January, 2016 (10:00) | Air rights, Apartments, Capital markets, Cities, Development, Gentrification, History, Housing, Land use economics, Morality, New York City, Nonprofits, Rental, Theology, Universities, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Arguments only confirm people in their own opinions. Booth Tarkington After having opened this post last week by giving air time to those who oppose Union Theological Seminary’s selling its air rights to fund […]