Category: Markets

When the government does it: Part 4 After the hearings

29 January, 2018 (09:00) | Development, Government, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Legislation and policy, Markets, Seattle, Theory, Universities, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   Okay, okay, I’ll apologize to all my readers!   Update from an extremely dilatory blogger: I frequently miss my deadlines – like the government.  They’re my deadlines, I set ‘em and I miss ‘em.   As we saw […]

When the government does it: Part 3, Similar mega-developments

10 January, 2018 (10:00) | Development, Government, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Legislation and policy, Markets, Policy, Seattle, Theory, Universities, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As we saw in Part 1, using as our source a short factual article University of Washington Daily (November 22, 2017) by student reporter Max Wasserman, the University of Washington’s expansion will generate the need for 4,750 new apartments or […]

When the government does it: Part 2, The city’s largest employer

8 January, 2018 (09:00) | Development, Government, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Legislation and policy, Markets, Policy, Seattle, Theory, Universities, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in the previous Part 1, using as our source a short factual article University of Washington Daily (November 22, 2017) by student reporter Max Wasserman, like many American universities UW is seeking to grow its research facilities and its student enrollment, […]

When the government does it: Part 1, Poised to seize

2 January, 2018 (09:00) | Government, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Legislation and policy, Markets, Policy, Seattle, Theory, Universities | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   Nearly 90% of the way through an otherwise commendable piece of student journalism from the University of Washington Daily (November 22, 2017), I discovered that reporter Max Wasserman had buried the lede – probably because to him it wasn’t the lede, it was just the way things are:   […]

The democratic revolution that wasn’t

26 December, 2017 (09:00) | Communism, History, Incentives, Investment, Land, Lenin, Markets, property, Russia, Stolypin, Urbanization | 1 comment

  By: David A. Smith   If you want to transform humanity for the better, to turn almost beasts into humans, give them land and you will reach your goal. Fyodor Dostoyevsky   Pyotr Stolypin, about the age I was when I bought Massie’s biography   Back in 1969, when I was fifteen and spending […]