Category: Markets

Aiding and a-bedding? Part 4, In an hour, you won’t want them to

23 January, 2015 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Cities, Global news, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Markets, New York City, Paris, Rental, Speculation, Urban issues, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Jack Bellicec: What are you talking about? A space flower? Nancy Bellicec: Well why not a space flower? Why do we always expect metal ships? Jack Bellicec: I’ve never expected metal ships. Invasion of the Body Snatchers Arriving […]

Aiding and a-bedding? Part 3, Being spied on

22 January, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Cities, Global news, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Markets, New York City, Paris, Rental, Speculation, Urban issues, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Dr. David Kibner: Elizabeth, could you please tell me, in your opinion, what is going on? Elizabeth Driscoll: People are being duplicated. And once it happens to you, you’re part of this… thing. It almost happened to me! Invasion of the […]

Aiding and a-bedding? Part 2, No one is complying

21 January, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Cities, Global news, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Markets, New York City, Paris, Rental, Speculation, Urban issues, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith You’re next!  You’re next! Running man: [panicked shouting] Help! They’re coming! They’re coming! Elizabeth Driscoll: Maybe we should help him. Running man: Help! Help! They’re coming! They’re coming! Listen to me! Listen! Invasion of the Body Snatchers In yesterday’s Part 1, the invaders had arrived; starting […]

Aiding and a-bedding? Part 1, A boon for tourists

20 January, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Cities, Global news, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Markets, New York City, Paris, Rental, Speculation, Urban issues, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Elizabeth Driscoll: I have seen these flowers all over. They are growing like parasites on other plants. All of a sudden. Where are they coming from? Nancy Bellicec: Outer space? Invasion of the Body Snatchers The fabric of our cities is under an existential threat by an invasion of apartment-snatchers that […]

Buying optionality, or Is there life after death?

22 December, 2014 (09:00) | Atlantic City, Carl Icahn, Casinos, Cities, Development, Donald Trump, Economics, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Fair market value, Gambling, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Markets, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Vera Coking | No comments

By: David A. Smith Backing up the claim? Vera Coking’s boarding house, pre-demolition A few months ago, in August, I wrote at length (You have the right to remain: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7) about the end of Vera Coking’s ownership of her decaying and […]