Category: Jeddah

Month(s) in Review, June and July, 2016: Part 2, From abbey to Madonna

23 August, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, Apartments, cathedrals, Co-ops, company town, Employer-assisted, History, Jeddah, kayfabe, Month in review, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Speculation, Trimontium, Workforce housing |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s Part 1 of the two-month retrospective covered my ruminations about walled cities, some of which, like Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, eventually no longer needed their walls and burst their boundaries; some of the others built around medieval castles retreated into ever-smaller grounds, by the […]

Month(s) in Review, June and July, 2016: Part 1, From Jeddah to castle

22 August, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, Apartments, cathedrals, Co-ops, company town, Employer-assisted, History, Jeddah, kayfabe, Month in review, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Speculation, Trimontium, Workforce housing |

By: David A. Smith   Beginning in June, I did something that I hadn’t done for over a decade – after having posted one installment every business day since mid-2005, I ended up skipping quite a few business days, the blog being a temporary casualty of a stretch of both intense AHI work and four […]

In Jeddah

6 June, 2016 (09:13) | Housing, informal communties, Jeddah, Rental, Saudi Arabia, teaching, Urban renewal, Urbanization |

 By: David A. Smith   Al-Balad, the old city of Jeddah   I haven’t posted for more than a week because it’s been an incredibly busy week; first with speaking at the World Bank’s 7th Global Housing Finance Summit in Washington DC, where I talked about taking housing finance and housing affordability down the income […]

The invisible army: Part 6, Revolutions always begin in cities

3 December, 2013 (13:06) | Economics, Global news, Hajj, Housing, Immigration, Informality, Jeddah, Law, Remittances, Saudi Arabia, Social media, Social welfare, Speculation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]   By:David A. Smith   For all that I have worked a little in Saudi Arabia, I know that I do not understand the country, nor the socioeconomic dynamics of its culture and the relationship between the Saudi citizens and […]

The invisible army: Part 5, Tinder and sparks

2 December, 2013 (09:00) | Economics, Global news, Hajj, Housing, Immigration, Informality, Jeddah, Law, Remittances, Saudi Arabia, Social media, Social welfare, Speculation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding  Part 1, Part 2, and  Part 3.]   By:David A. Smith   As chronicled so far in this lengthy post, Saudi Arabia is a country without a comparable in my experience: it is a combination of an extractive-based economy, a harsh and forbidding climate that limits urbanization to […]