Category: Month in review

Month in Review, March, 2014: Part 2, No spin here, no sirree

2 May, 2014 (09:00) | Bankruptcy, Bonds, city, dictators, Discrimination, Housing, Month in review, mount Holly, Municipal bankruptcy, New York, public consultation, Puerto Rico, Speculation, Taxation, Ukraine, US News, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Feb 14, Jan 14] [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Because affordable housing cannot exist unless the state or nation’s economy and polity are basically sound, roughly half of my March posts dealt with issues of state or national fiscal viability (Puerto Rico and Ukraine), housing […]

­­Month in Review, March, 2014: Part 1, It’s always the palace, isn’t it?

1 May, 2014 (09:00) | Bankruptcy, Bonds, city, Cyprus, dictators, Discrimination, Eminent domain, Housing, Month in review, mount Holly, Municipal bankruptcy, New York, public consultation, Puerto Rico, Speculation, Taxation, US News, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Feb 14, Jan 14] By: David A. Smith That wrong shall fail and right prevail Though sic semper tyrannis is often more wished for than achieved, every now and then it happens, and March opened with the promise of political spring in Ukraine, a ray of political sunshine that […]

Month in Review: February, 2014: Part 2, Power to the people?

14 March, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Buses, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Infrastructure, Kenya, Kibera, Month in review, Nairobi, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 14.]   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith     Many of my posts deal with the interface between essential dualities: formal versus informal, complexity versus scale, government versus markets, property versus capital, control versus chaos.  While some posts start at the macro and work […]

Month in Review: February, 2014: Part 1, Power corrupts

13 March, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Buses, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Infrastructure, Kenya, Kibera, Month in review, Nairobi, redevelopment authorities, San Francisco, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 14.]   By:David A. Smith   During February, I took the opportunity to spend eight parts taking to task a Boston Globe expose article, published at least five and probably ten years too late, of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s slow and effective conversion of the allegedly independent […]

Month in Review: January, 2014

21 February, 2014 (09:00) | Alabama, Bonds, Chicago, China, Detroit, Immigration, Jefferson County, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Pension liabilities, Remittances, Saudi Arabia |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Dec 13, Nov 13,  Oct 13, Sep 13, Aug 13  Jul 13 Jun 13  May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13.]]    By:David A. Smith   Here in America, we just experienced the coldest January for a century, perhaps a fitting metaphor for a winter of […]