Category: Markets

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 1, Laying out the dead

28 September, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Cities, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Urbanization, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   Because structures are consciously designed and built, they exist not for themselves but solely as places in which people conduct their activities, so when a class of structures ceases to be used, that is telling us, in ways not required a sociologist to interpret, something deep about changes in […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 6, Nervous of big land reform

26 April, 2016 (09:31) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   By: David A. Smith   As we’ve seen in previous parts of this post, if Chongqing’s ongoing experiment in urban economic democratization is not reversed or stopped – and as reported in a solid article in Economist […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 5, A free market for rural property

25 April, 2016 (11:19) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Property rights, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By: David A. Smith   By now in this post it should be apparent, even working with the limited information presented by the useful survey article in the Economist (March 26, 2016), that the urban reforms launched by Bo […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 4, One of the party’s obsessions

22 April, 2016 (10:00) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Property rights, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By: David A. Smith   In yesterday’s part 3, we established that while Bo Xilai’s red star was still rising in Chongqing, he initiated a comprehensive urbanization reform program with three parts.   Point 1, reform hukou.  Point 2, deliver affordable […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 3, Offered urban hukou

21 April, 2016 (10:00) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Markets, pilot programs, Property rights, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, Bo Xilai’s assumption of control over Chongqing municipality was certainly eventful: in barely five years he inaugurated the largest anti-corruption trials in China’s history, swept into jail many people who thought themselves untouchable, introduced a […]