Category: Incentives

New York City’s self-reinforcing homelessness ecosystem: Part 3, 63% homeless before

23 October, 2013 (09:00) | Cities, Ecosystem, Homeless, Housing, Housing choice vouchers, Incentives, Markets, New York City, NIMBY, Resident services, Slums, Subsidy, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Thus far, using a story from WNYC (August 12, 2013), we’ve seen that New York’s ecosystem for addressing homeless simply increases the problem (attracting the homeless and quasi-homeless from all around), exacerbates exploitation (by rewarding landlords who become homeless slumlords), contributes […]

New York City’s self-reinforcing homelessness ecosystem: Part 2, more than $1 billion annually

22 October, 2013 (09:28) | Cities, Ecosystem, Homeless, Housing, Housing choice vouchers, Incentives, Markets, New York City, NIMBY, Resident services, Slums, Subsidy, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post on the self-reinforcing failure of New York City’s ecosystem of anti-homelessness mandates, resources, programs and people, using this story from WNYC (August 12, 2013), demonstrated that a judicial mandate has forced New York City to do something, and the laws of political economy […]

New York City’s self-reinforcing homelessness ecosystem: Part 1, 73% increase in family homelessness

21 October, 2013 (12:38) | Cities, Ecosystem, Homeless, Housing, Housing choice vouchers, Incentives, Markets, New York City, NIMBY, Resident services, Slums, Subsidy, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   When housing becomes an entitlement, no matter how noble the intentions, the results are destined to be perversely self-reinforcing, as revealed (with some reordering for logic) by this story from WNYC (August 12, 2013):   The cost of a perverse ecosystem: a homeless boy sits in the lobby at 60 Clarkson […]

Absurdite, Complexite, Precaucite: Part 4, reserved to the people

26 June, 2013 (09:00) | Accessibility, Democracy, Eminent domain, France, Government, Incentives, Local Government, Local issues, Precautionary principle, Real estate taxes, Regulation, Subsidy, Takings, Tenth Amendment |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2 ]   By:David A. Smith   Our story of Mayor Therond and his daily bombardment from Paris, using an article in the Washington Post (April 16, 2013) that reported the facts without questioning either the premise or the conclusion, has reached the point of […]

Absurdite, Complexite, Precaucite: Part 3, More than the Hotel is Worth

14 June, 2013 (09:00) | Accessibility, Democracy, Eminent domain, France, Government, Incentives, Local Government, Local issues, Precautionary principle, Real estate taxes, Regulation, Subsidy, Takings, Tenth Amendment |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s Part 2 on the bureausclerosis choking France’s economy, using as source material a small-scale article in the Washington Post (April 16, 2013), zeroed in on the debilitating effects of excessive regulation from afar and identified some principles of regulatory balance […]