Category: Informality

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 […]

Always wary: Part 5, How the journey changes who we are

26 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 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith As shown in the previous parts of this post, the future of Bunker Hill public housing requires radical change, change that is promised to be not only comprehensive but also comprehensively better: brand-new apartments, a lively […]