Category: Innovations

Zoning’s fifth column

26 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Innovations, Law, New York City, Policy, Technology, US News, Zoning | No comments

As my four columns of troops approach the city, a fifth column of people inside the city will support us and undermine the government from within. General Emilio Mola, advancing on Madrid, 1936 (paraphrased from Wikipedia)   By: David A. Smith   According to Gordon Gekko’s reading of Sun Tzu, every battle is won before […]

Are greatly exaggerated

20 May, 2016 (09:09) | Apartments, California, Conferences, Housing, Innovations, Personal, Rental, US News |

By: David A. Smith   It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. A – Mark Twain   Can‘t be a Genie without a turban, can you?   Explaining the rules to the three Visionaries: Red (Carol Ornelas, Visionary […]

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 6, So as not to spoil the experience

17 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Cities, Design, Development, Homelessness, Housing, Innovations, Land use, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Tiny houses, US News, Usonian, Verticality, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith On time for a funeral Ransom Stoddard: [Descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch]    Thanks, Jason. On time. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Though it may seem otherwise, there is no […]

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 5, Awesome for a time

16 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Cities, Design, Development, Housing, Innovations, Land use, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Tiny houses, US News, Usonian, Verticality, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith Something bothering you? Reese: No one’s bothering you, Doniphon. Tom Doniphon: You are. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance As suggested by previous parts of this discursive post inspired by a Globe and Mail (6 […]

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 4, A heart attack from the stress

12 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Design, Development, Housing, Innovations, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Tiny houses, US News, Usonian, Zoning | 1 comment

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith The jail’s only got one call … and I sleep in it Link Appleyard: The jail’s only got one cell, and the lock’s broke and I sleep in it. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance As we’ve […]