Category: Informality

Housing photo of the day 03: the ultimate air bnb?

26 June, 2017 (09:00) | Cambridge, Homelessness, Housing, HPoD, Informality, libraries, Local issues |

By: David A. Smith   Homeless person’s shelter just out of shot   On summer weekends I play tennis outdoors, at the free Cambridge hard courts on the campus-like layout of both our high school (Cambridge Rindge and Latin) and the library (a Richardsonian core with a dramatic and airy expansion).   Richardsonian architecture at […]

The tenant of Venice: Part 2, You take my house

23 February, 2016 (10:00) | Airbnb, Amnesty, Apartments, Building Codes, Game Theory, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Prisoner's Dilemma, Regulation, Rent control, US News, Venice, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] You take my house when you do take the prop That doth sustain my house; you take my life When you do take the means whereby I live. – The Merchant of Venice In yesterday’s post, following a Los Angeles Times (January 2, 2016) article entirely […]

The tenant of Venice: Part 1, I crave the law

22 February, 2016 (10:00) | Airbnb, Amnesty, Apartments, Building Codes, Game Theory, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Prisoner's Dilemma, Regulation, Rent control, Rental, US News, Venice, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith Though justice be thy plea, consider this, That, in the course of justice, none of us Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy. – The Merchant of Venice In pickup basketball, you call your own fouls. […]

Always wary: Part 7, How our choice reflects trust and faith

28 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Boston, Chelsea, Communities, Corruption, HOPE VI, Housing, Income mixing, Informality, Innovations, Neighborhood, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, RAD, Redevelopment, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith For a little more than a decade, the decline of public housing – a bipartisan and continuous abnegation of policy and political responsibility spanning many Administrations and Congresses – has made me […]

Always wary: Part 6, Why we fear to hope

27 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Boston, Chelsea, Communities, Corruption, HOPE VI, Income mixing, Informality, Innovations, Neighborhood, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, RAD, Redevelopment, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Though the transformation of Bunker Hill public housing will be completely new to the current residents, it’s not at all new to public housing – indeed, Mission Main (the old Mission Park), Orchard Gardens […]