Category: Infrastructure

Urbanization’s side effects: Part 4, I hope so, anyway

25 June, 2015 (10:00) | Air pollution, Delhi, Evolution, Global news, Housing, India, Infrastructure, Markets, Slums, Traffic, Urbanization, Water and sanitation | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Recommended treatment: Topical ointments of in-situ slum upgrading; anti-corruption boosters via self-help groups at regular intervals; regular political exercise via free and fair elections; fairly compensated expropriation with strong judicial scaffolding. As presented in a personal and moving […]

Urbanization’s side effects: Part 3, Irreversible lung damage from poisoned air

24 June, 2015 (10:00) | Air pollution, Delhi, Evolution, Global news, Housing, India, Infrastructure, Markets, Slums, Traffic, Urbanization, Water and sanitation | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Symptoms: Air pollution, water pollution, painful crime nodes; traffic jams; periodic rashes of civil disturbance; splotches of substandard housing; construction cranes; prevalence of kickbacks. So unhealthy is the Delhi environment – especially the water and the air – that, as we […]

Urbanization’s side effects: Part 2, you should not raise children in Delhi

23 June, 2015 (10:00) | Air pollution, Delhi, Evolution, Global news, Housing, India, Infrastructure, Markets, Slums, Traffic, Urbanization, Water and sanitation | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Side effects include: Overloaded infrastructure; proliferating informal settlements; emergence of alternate-power structures (cf. gangs); eruptions of verticality; dramatic adaptive reuse of existing structures; absentee landlords and rent-seekers; inter-tribal clashes. As we saw yesterday, working from Gardiner Harris’s farewell to Delhi in The New York Times (May […]

Urbanization’s side effects: Part 1, Air, water, food, and flies

22 June, 2015 (10:00) | Air pollution, Delhi, Evolution, Global news, Housing, India, Infrastructure, Markets, Slums, Traffic, Urbanization, Water and sanitation | No comments

By: David A. Smith Urbanization: A condition of rapid expansion brought on by growth in previously undeveloped or latent economies, resulting in adolescent.  An adolescent phase of human society preceded by rural agricultural poverty and succeeded by a society that is economically and ecologically sustainable.  “Before you go home,” a World Bank executive resident in […]

Mega-boon or mega-boondoggle: Part 6, We don’t need an aristocracy

8 June, 2015 (11:05) | Boston, Cities, Economic development, FIFA, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Mega-events, Municipal finance, Olympics, Politics, Soccer, TIF, US News | No comments

 [Continued from Friday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith By now alert readers will no doubt have deduced that my initial astonishment of Boston as a potential Olympic bid city rapidly turned into skepticism and has now hardened into opposition. Principal sources used […]