Category: Households

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 3, Going through all the drama

21 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Over the sterile roads and the streets beyond – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) Our three-part journey into the etiquette, legality, and urban planning inherent in on-street parking of densely populated residential area, using as our seed an aren’t-people-piggy? oriented article in the […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 2, An hour to find a space

20 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Out of the City Point streets, the musical shuttle, – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, so long as the personal vehicle is an affordable mode of transportation, people want them, but even though we value the convenience of our own car, […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 1, It’s yours for a couple of days

19 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith I demand … parking Out of the parking endlessly circling, – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) As we humans are easily enslaved by our metal overlords, we gradually internalize our masters’ needs – their room for living space, their restless urge to roam, and their need for curbside access, as reported unsympathetically in […]

Houseless by degrees

22 May, 2012 (10:33) | Bankruptcy, Ecosystem, Education, Homeownership, Households, Housing, Loans, Rental, Student loans |

By:David A. Smith   The deeper one digs into our current massive supply overhang of foreclosed or foreclosing homes, the more causes one finds, unexpected causes.  Beyond the securitization froth, Fannie Mae’s peccadillos and malfeasances, the end of the Baby Boomer Buyer Bulge, or even the Eurozone’s starvation for yield, let’s add another one: a […]

Going to get old real soon? Part 2, the silver (haired) lining?

1 May, 2012 (10:53) | Apartments, Boomerang Generation, Demographics, Economics, Families, Households, Housing, In-law apartments, Markets, Multi-households, Tenure, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post introducing the burgeoning phenomenon of the boomerang generation living at home, using as our source a recent Christian Science Monitor article, introduced us to Cassie Owens.  Judging by the story, she’s dedicated, intelligent, and unemployable in anything she’s been educated for (comparative […]