Category: Month in review

Month in Review: October, 2016

5 January, 2017 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Catholic Church, Economics, Housing, Land use, Month in review, religion, Scituate, Speculation | No comments

By: David A. Smith Because my September multi-part post on funeral homes (excerpted in the previous Month-in-Review) drifted in to October, what remained of the month was dominated by a lengthy post but interrupted for an intellectual sorbet via a Boojum: Yes, that’ll really help: When Marty Walsh was elected mayor of Boston over 1,000 […]

Month(s) in Review, June and July, 2016: Part 2, From abbey to Madonna

23 August, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, Apartments, cathedrals, Co-ops, company town, Employer-assisted, History, Jeddah, kayfabe, Month in review, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Speculation, Trimontium, Workforce housing |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s Part 1 of the two-month retrospective covered my ruminations about walled cities, some of which, like Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, eventually no longer needed their walls and burst their boundaries; some of the others built around medieval castles retreated into ever-smaller grounds, by the […]

Month(s) in Review, June and July, 2016: Part 1, From Jeddah to castle

22 August, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, Apartments, cathedrals, Co-ops, company town, Employer-assisted, History, Jeddah, kayfabe, Month in review, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Speculation, Trimontium, Workforce housing |

By: David A. Smith   Beginning in June, I did something that I hadn’t done for over a decade – after having posted one installment every business day since mid-2005, I ended up skipping quite a few business days, the blog being a temporary casualty of a stretch of both intense AHI work and four […]

Month in Review, December, 2015: Part 2, Housing-fueled disturbance abroad

12 January, 2016 (10:00) | Cities, Eminent domain, Global news, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Islamic finance, Land, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Municipal finance, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Saudi Arabia, sharia, Speculation, Taxation, US News |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] As shown in yesterday’s first half of the month-in-review, though housing is seldom the flashpoint for urban unrest, it is the source of urban pressure, for it is pervasive, and a failing housing ecosystem simmers and bubbles frustration that touches every household.  Extended failure to solve […]

Month in Review, December, 2015: Part 1, Housing-fueled disturbance at home

11 January, 2016 (10:00) | Cities, Eminent domain, Global news, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Islamic finance, Land, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Municipal finance, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Saudi Arabia, sharia, Speculation, Taxation, US News | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith Pagedale, Missouri, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia may seem unlikely peers, but aside from dividing up my entire December’s posts (a whopping 15 parts for Pagedale, a mere 8 for Saudi Arabia), the two stories dove to the depths they did because they both demonstrate, in different ways, just how hard is […]