Category: Kenya

Month in Review: February, 2014: Part 2, Power to the people?

14 March, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Buses, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Infrastructure, Kenya, Kibera, Month in review, Nairobi, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning | No comments

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 14.]   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith     Many of my posts deal with the interface between essential dualities: formal versus informal, complexity versus scale, government versus markets, property versus capital, control versus chaos.  While some posts start at the macro and work […]

Month in Review: February, 2014: Part 1, Power corrupts

13 March, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Buses, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Infrastructure, Kenya, Kibera, Month in review, Nairobi, redevelopment authorities, San Francisco, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning | No comments

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 14.]   By:David A. Smith   During February, I took the opportunity to spend eight parts taking to task a Boston Globe expose article, published at least five and probably ten years too late, of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s slow and effective conversion of the allegedly independent […]

Burying treasure

15 January, 2010 (11:31) | Global news, Kenya, Land Value, Markets, Nairobi, Piracy, Somalia, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization |

By: David A. Smith   Pirates have a real estate problem and a capital problem.    We’ve got the capital, now we need the real estate!   Like highwaymen (land pirates) and kidnappers (wilderness pirates), for their business they need a work environment of vast uncharted spaces and complete lawlessness – for which the high […]

The challenge and opportunity of slums: Part 2, the opportunities

27 March, 2009 (09:35) | Cities, Demographics, Dharavi, India, Kenya, Kibera, Policy, Slums | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post covered half of my little talk – the challenges part – on the Infrastructure and Real Estate panel at Harvard Business School‘s 2009 India Conference, one of the largest student-run events in the country, attracting several hundred people.    “So far out there I can’t be contained […]

The challenge and opportunity of slums: Part 1, the challenges

26 March, 2009 (09:56) | Cities, Demographics, Dharavi, India, Kenya, Kibera, Policy, Slums |

In mid-March, I had the scintillating experience of participating on a panel in Infrastructure and Real Estate at Harvard Business School‘s 2009 India Conference, one of the largest student-run events in the country, attracting several hundred people.    “Who knew slums could be funny?”   My fellow panelists were:   Abha Joshi-Ghani, Urban Sector Manager […]