Category: Month in review

Month in review, January 2015: Part 2, Hello to the future

2 March, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Detroit, Golf, Green space, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Pensions, Public employees, Speculation, Transportation, Urban issues, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from Friday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Although half of January’s post concerned themselves with the unhappy past, the other half looked at the emerging, even disrupted, future, starting with the visible-yet-covert dissolution of urban zoning by Airbnb and its local ‘hosts,’ who are multiplying invisibly, as revealed in Aiding and a-bedding? Part 1, […]

Month in Review, January, 2015: Part 1, Goodbye to the past

27 February, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Detroit, Golf, Green space, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Pensions, Public employees, Speculation, Transportation, Urban issues, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith A new year means a new beginning and new resolutions, and 2015’s first post completed the story of Detroit’s financial death-and-rebirth through bankruptcy, though to hear the New York Times tell it, Detroit’s recovery would be A fleeting miracle? Part 2, As long as the city recovers: Public-employee pension funds are […]

Month in review, November 2014: Part 2, More Property, More Piracy?

24 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Amnesty, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Dormitories, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Informality, Month in review, Piracy, Pirates, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Pirates don’t like being the captive instead of the captor Yesterday’s Part 1 covering half of November’s posts explored how growth of the world’s population brings growth to people’s built environment and the infrastructure (including intangible infrastructure like laws and zoning), systems, and networks (including utilities), […]

Month in Review, November 2014: Part 1, More people, more property

23 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Amnesty, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Dormitories, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Informality, Month in review, Piracy, Pirates, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith As long as the world keeps making more people, the world needs more houses, and for there to be more houses, they must be developed, permitted, and physically located somewhere, and it was a principal topic of November’s short list of long posts (three, six, and six parts), starting with new […]

Month in Review: October, 2014: Part 2, From the Left Coast

1 December, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Bankruptcy, Cambridge, Casinos, CEQA, Chapter 40B, Everett, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Just-a-Start, Los Angeles, Milton, Month in review, NIMBY, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Stockton |

[Continued from last week’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In October, to prove that the Right Coast has no monopoly on development neck tourniquets, I explored the nation’s least-affordable city (measured by percentage of residents who are housing-cost-burdened), in Tragedy of the lords: Part 1, 47% of gross income for rent, and Part 2, 7 […]