Category: Land use

A successful de-fence: Part 3, not black and white any more

29 May, 2014 (07:45) | Apartments, fences, Hamden, Housing, Land use, Local issues, New Haven, Public housing, Redevelopment, Zoning | 1 comment

 By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] Our detailed retrospective on the history of a seemingly insignificant event from the New Haven Register (May 5, 2014) – the removal of a chain-link fence along a suburban roadside – has used the micro to imply the macro, and the wary […]

A successful de-fence: Part 2, the present evokes the past

28 May, 2014 (07:44) | Apartments, fences, Hamden, Housing, Land use, Local issues, New Haven, Public housing, Redevelopment, Zoning |

 By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] In yesterday’s Part 1, we used the micro to imply the macro, because the fight over one expansive chain-link fence, which as reported in the New Haven Register (May 5, 2014) finally was coming down, represented so much to both cities – poor urban New Haven […]

A successful de-fence: Part 1, the micro implies the macro

27 May, 2014 (07:42) | Apartments, fences, Hamden, Housing, Land use, Local issues, New Haven, Public housing, Redevelopment, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  How long does it take to remove a chain-link fence? If you’re New Haven, the answer is nearly two years, four mayors, and uncounted lawyers, as reported in this happy-ending-question-mark story from the New Haven Register (May 5, 2014): It’s my property and I’ll tear it down if I want to: […]

Sunset scarcity: Part 2, Sunset the sunset law

6 May, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Density, Development, Housing, Land use, NIMBY, Rent control, San Francisco, sunset law, US News, vertical, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post, starting from a straightforward article in Business Insider (April 8, 2014), introduced us to yet another aspect of San Francisco’s dysfunctional housing ecosystem, namely its city-wide height restriction dubbed the ‘sunset law’ because it prohibits building anything tall enough to cast a shadow more […]

Sunset scarcity: Part 1, Sunshine on the sunset law

5 May, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Density, Development, High-rise, Housing, Land use, NIMBY, Rent control, san, San Francisco, sunset law, US News, vertical, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith Housing (both supply and demand) is an ecosystem, where everything influences everything else, and all independent actors (public or private) are always operating to maximize their own situation consistent with their ecosystemic constraints.  This approach makes our exploration of dysfunctional residential markets something of a recursive quest, for every time we […]