Category: London

Month in Review: September, 2015: Part 2, When things are getting better

13 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Berlin, Chapter 121A, Global news, Homeownership, Housing, London, Markets, Month in review, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Rental, Tax abatement |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] After having written in August about the three laws of urbanization, I followed up in September by chronicling the future – that is, what will happen in Germany and Berlin now that the nation has authorized, and the city has adopted, a seemingly benign form of […]

Month in Review: September, 2015: Part 1, When things are getting worse

9 October, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Berlin, Chapter 121A, Global news, Homeownership, Housing, London, Markets, Month in review, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Rental, Tax abatement |

By: David A. Smith Something really awful over here! During September, I returned yet again, like a bloodhound to a foul-smelling mound of earth, to the seemingly endless maze of doublethink connivances related to public-employee pension fund accounting, management, overspending, and general defalcation, with the discovery of the cottage industry of strategically underestimating costs of […]

House and country?: Part 9, Moscow on the Thames

16 September, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital, Countries, Development, Economics, Global news, Historic preservation, Homeownership, Housing, Investment, London, Nations, Putin, Russia, Security, Speculation, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 8 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.] By: David A. Smith I do notice that, when I’ve been away and I come back to London, people look at you. People are ready to pick arguments.  Colin Firth  In London, […]

House and country?: Part 8, Oligarch village

15 September, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital, Countries, Development, Economics, Global news, Historic preservation, Homeownership, Housing, Investment, London, Nations, Putin, Russia, Security, Speculation, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By: David A. Smith In London they don’t like you if you’re still alive.  Harvey Fierstein  Climbing out of Part 7 of this post, inspired by a fascinating New Yorker (1 June 2015) article […]

House and country?: Part 7, Paranoia insurance

14 September, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital, Countries, Development, Economics, Global news, Historic preservation, Homeownership, Housing, Investment, London, Nations, Putin, Russia, Security, Speculation, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith I do not think there is anything deserving the name of society to be found out of London. William Hazlitt I’m in the In crowd … and you’re not Yesterday’s Part 6 […]