Category: Kibera

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 |

[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, San Francisco, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning |

[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 Boston Redevelopment […]

The self-organizing cellular network

28 February, 2014 (09:00) | Buses, Cellular automata, Global news, Innovations, Kibera, Markets, Nairobi, Networks, Slums, Transportation |

 By:David A. Smith So comfortable and regulated are we in the formal world that we have fallen into the foolish belief that all networks must be the result of organized and conscious creation, when in fact the genius of markets lies in their ability to use the dynamics of cellular automata – hundreds, thousands, or […]

Slums, the enemy within: Part 4, fifth columnists

6 November, 2009 (11:20) | Housing, Kibera, Rental, Slums, Theory, Urbanization |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 3 ,and the previous Part 2and Part 1.]   In yesterday’s post continuing our series on the enemies within of slum upgrading, we encountered the vociferous and conveniently righteous landlords, who stand to lose their questionable livelihoods when they face new, better competition.  Next up are […]

Slums, the enemy within: Part 3, Illicit landlords

5 November, 2009 (17:59) | Housing, Kibera, Rental, Slums, Theory, Urbanization |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from Thursday, October 29th Part 2 and the previous Part 1.]   In yesterday’s post, we discovered that despite its many palpable benefits, and the visible reality of its construction, many Kibera residents are greeting Kibera’s first slum upgrading with fear.   Kibera in 2005: Whom can you trust?   […]