Category: Month in review

Month in Review: April, 2015

22 May, 2015 (10:02) | Bankruptcy, CDSs, Chicago, Cities, Contract rights, Detroit, Diego Rivera, Epictetus, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Museums, Philanthropy, R. A. Lafferty, Speculation, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith “The site is now known as the Great Blue Island Swamp.” – R. A. Lafferty, “What’s the Name of that Town?”, 1964 R. A. Lafferty In 1964, the mad genius of science fiction R. A. Lafferty wrote a short story in which not only had the City of Chicago been vaporized, […]

Month in Review: March, 2015

30 April, 2015 (10:00) | Blogs, Essential posts, Government, Greece, Grexit, Lucy Martin, Month in review, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Political theory, Real estate taxes, Taxation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith During March, in honored surprise at a decade’s worth of continuous blogging, I published the first 10/17ths of the longest post I’ve ever done, Ten Years a Blogger, As an encyclopedia should seldom be excerpted, I’ll simply list the titles here: Ten years a blogger: Part 1, What is a blog?, […]

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 |

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 |

[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, […]