Category: Innovations

Month in Review, August, 2016: Part 2, The arc of economic conformity

22 November, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, as-of-right zoning, Development, Eurozone, Housing, Innovations, Italy, kayfabe, Speculation, work-live housing, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]     Yes, I read the Economist   So late am I in writing the periodic Month-in-Review retrospectives [Sorry, readers – Ed.], and so rapidly has our politics moved in the last few months, that it seems another century when the British vote for […]

Month in Review, August, 2016: Part 1, The arc of zoning

21 November, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, as-of-right zoning, Development, Eurozone, Housing, Innovations, Italy, kayfabe, Speculation, work-live housing, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP |

  By: David A. Smith   When the history of the twentieth century is written, a chapter should be devoted to zoning.  The two-dimensional version was invented in the century’s first decade, and now a hundred years later, zoning in the urban context is so anachronistic as to be dysfunctional, as illustrated by three posts […]

Zoning’s fifth column

26 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Innovations, Law, New York City, Policy, Technology, US News, Zoning |

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 […]