Category: London

No new housing, no new jobs

18 August, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Cities, Development, Development economics, Economic development, Essential posts, Housing, London, Supply, Theory, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Want more jobs in your community?  Add more affordable housing. That’s not just logic, it’s also supported by evidence, and reported in The Economist (July 19, 2015): Since the financial crisis, sagging productivity growth has given politicians and economists alike sleepless nights.  In America productivity has risen by just 9% since […]

Poor poor pitiful door: Part 5, About a year

18 September, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith By now, after four parts on a GAIA (God Ain’t It Awful) story about the separation of entrances in a fantastically located mixed-income property on New York’s West Side, readers may have deduced that I think […]

Poor poor pitiful door: part 4, Loophole du jour

17 September, 2014 (10:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 3 observed the egalitarianism paradox of ‘poor door’ apartments – that properties which otherwise would have been entirely segregated (100% luxury, 0% affordable) are criticized as exclusionary because the new apartments developed – with no government […]

Poor poor pitiful door: Part 3, Hunting for culprits

16 September, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s Part 2, I laid out the arguments made, chiefly by keyboard crusaders masquerading as reporters, that ‘poor doors’ (separate entrances in a mixed-income building for affordable housing renters) are demeaning, discriminatory, and in general un-American. We’re from Christendom and […]

Poor poor pitiful door: Part 2, Presumption of offense

15 September, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post introduce the ‘poor door’, the catchy pejorative term for a mixed-income residential property, typically built under an inclusionary zoning program (such as London’s Section 106 or New York City’s 421a), where the market residents (who may also be owners, not renters), have a different […]