Category: Housing tenures

More bedrooms mean more babies

22 February, 2008 (10:28) | Housing tenures, Theory |

If an economist is a person who is baffled because he cannot explain why people don’t walk up escalators, is then a demographer a person who cannot satisfy himself that more bedrooms mean more babies?  As reported in The New York Times:   For the first time in 35 years, America’s total fertility rate — […]

The homeless magnet

7 November, 2007 (10:14) | Ecosystem, Housing tenures, Los Angeles, Markets, US News |

Now that Los Angeles has acquiesced in a judicial decision forbidding the city from rousting vagrants, will the city become a magnet for America‘s homeless?    Desperately seeking Los Angeles   As I posted nearly two years ago, Los Angeles is already America’s homeless capital.  Homelessness flourishes in temperate climates and is drawn to cities, […]

Outside, looking in: structure of the European city, Part 2

11 November, 2005 (10:12) | History, Housing tenures, World news |

[Continued from Part 1, posted yesterday] Throughout Europe, up they went — in Glasgow and London, in Paris and Lyon and Marseille, in Milan and Brussels and Malmo and everywhere else.  Council housing and what it replaced, Liverpool   Council blocks, Edinburgh   Some went up, some went out, but all were off by themselves. […]

Outside, looking in: structure of the European city Part 1

10 November, 2005 (10:02) | History, Housing tenures, World news |

Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards… Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing. — Sun Tzu, The Art […]

The circular firing squad

7 March, 2005 (15:08) | Co-ops, Demand, House prices, Housing tenures |

  Via the New York Sunday Times (subscription probably required) comes this interesting tale that illustrates how subtle differences in housing tenure can remarkably influence housing choices and housing market prices:         NEW YORKERS in search of apartments are subject to lots of tests – nerves, will and endurance foremost among them. […]