Category: Month in review

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 | No comments

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 […]

Month in Review, November, 2015: Part 2, Can’t live without them

5 January, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Air rights, Apartments, Dormitories, Hamden, Housing, Month in review, New York City, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Stuyvesant Town, Taxation, Universities | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As November rolled along, my story of Quinnipiac University and its fractious relationship with its home town of Hamden reached the point where Hamden needed a Plan B, and it had not far at all to look, for adjacent to prickly Hamden was welcoming North Haven, […]

Month in Review, November, 2015: Part 1, Can’t live with them

4 January, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Dormitories, Hamden, Housing, Month in review, New York City, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Stuyvesant Town, Taxation, Universities | No comments

By: David A. Smith I am the main character, aren’t I? Although this blog is anchored in housing, my November posts were monopolized by issues of local government – because when all is said and done, quality sustainable urban affordable housing can exist only where there is functional local government. Without sustainability, one obtains the […]

Month in Review, October, 2015: Part 2, The impossibility of stopping

6 November, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Air rights, Apartments, Blackstone, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Chapter 121A, Charlestown, Eminent domain, Land use, Month in review, PILOTs, Poverty deconcentration, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Redevelopment, Tax abatement, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1, retrospectively reorganizing October’s posts, all of which in one way or another concerned Boston, dealt with the obstacles that make (re)development appear psychologically impossible: guaranteed intense public opposition (often born of ignorance, some of experience); an agency that maintains a monopoly on approvals; […]