Category: Month in review

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 | No comments

[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 | No comments

[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 | No comments

[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 […]

­­Month in Review: December, 2013

17 January, 2014 (09:00) | Children, China, Cities, Detroit, homes, Housing, Informal, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Slums |

By: David A. Smith   [Previous Months in Review available here: Nov 13,Oct 13, Sep 13, Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   I don’t actually enjoy writing detailed expositions of bad news and human foolishness; reporting hardship and failure and loss is depressing, yet […]

Month in Review, September 2013: Part 2, the community

4 November, 2013 (13:57) | Airbnb, Apartments, Architecture, Boston, Building Codes, Chicago, China, Detroit, Hotels, Housing, Leases, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, US News |

­­Month in Review, September 2013: Part 2, the community   [Previous Months in Review available here: Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13,  May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13]   By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Second prize, two terms as mayor of Boston   As we saw […]