Category: Month in review

Month in review, February 2015: Part 2, From Yes to No to Maybe

24 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] Though committees, as we saw yesterday, have grave difficulty approving and acting upon anything, the same groups can swiftly reach a consensus to oppose anything, or even better, endorsing its regulatory variation, Pay me not to oppose you, as Everett casino developer no doubt expected, as […]

Month in review, February 2015: Part 1, Global to personal

23 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith Among housing’s many fascinations for me is that it connects the most global issues (like money and currency) with the most local ones (such as where to buy a condo or co-op), and in February these two were linked more than usual.  Global forces can land anywhere In February, the ornery […]

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), […]