Category: Housing

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 […]

In Jeddah

6 June, 2016 (09:13) | Housing, informal communties, Jeddah, Rental, Saudi Arabia, teaching, Urban renewal, Urbanization | No comments

 By: David A. Smith   Al-Balad, the old city of Jeddah   I haven’t posted for more than a week because it’s been an incredibly busy week; first with speaking at the World Bank’s 7th Global Housing Finance Summit in Washington DC, where I talked about taking housing finance and housing affordability down the income […]

Always look on the bright side … or else (dee doo): Part 3, Afloat when they should sink

27 May, 2016 (09:39) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Economics, Exchange rates, Global news, Government, Housing, Speculation, Statistics | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As established in Parts 1 and 2 of this post comparing an unlikely pairing, Argentina and China, using as source material the Wall Street Journal (May 3, 2016) and Significance, December, 2012; Albiceleste font), we’ve seen that Argentina’s charismatic […]

Always look on the bright side … or else (dee doo): Part 2, anything but journalism these days

26 May, 2016 (10:00) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Economics, Exchange rates, Global news, Government, Housing, Speculation, Statistics | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   If life seems jolly rotten There’s something you’ve forgotten And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing. Yesterday’s post conjoined the odd couple of Xi Jinping, president of China, and Graciela Bavacqua, at the time Argentina’s chief statistician, around the subject of […]