Category: London

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 | No comments

[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 | No comments

[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 | No comments

[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 […]

Poor poor pitiful door: Part 1, Sudden unmasking

12 September, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental | No comments

By: David A. Smith Griffin Mill: It lacked certain elements that we need to market a film successfully. June: What elements? Griffin Mill: Suspense, laughter, violence. Hope, heart, nudity, sex. Happy endings. Mainly happy endings. June: What about reality? Reality doesn’t sell newspapers For newspapermen, there must always be column-inches even if there is too […]

Maius, melius, divitius?

13 August, 2012 (16:23) | Affordable Housing, Cities, East End, Eminent domain, Infrastructure, London, Olympics, Redevelopment, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   Can you see the future from here? Old buildings obscure Olympics-related development in a view of the East End skyline.   Spectacles always end with a grand finale that makes everyone feel good, the better to validate all the hard work and investment, and yet there is always a morning after […]