Category: Municipal

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 3, Going through all the drama

21 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Over the sterile roads and the streets beyond – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) Our three-part journey into the etiquette, legality, and urban planning inherent in on-street parking of densely populated residential area, using as our seed an aren’t-people-piggy? oriented article in the […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 2, An hour to find a space

20 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Out of the City Point streets, the musical shuttle, – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, so long as the personal vehicle is an affordable mode of transportation, people want them, but even though we value the convenience of our own car, […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 1, It’s yours for a couple of days

19 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith I demand … parking Out of the parking endlessly circling, – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) As we humans are easily enslaved by our metal overlords, we gradually internalize our masters’ needs – their room for living space, their restless urge to roam, and their need for curbside access, as reported unsympathetically in […]

I, for one, welcome our metal overlords: Part 2, rage against the machine

26 August, 2010 (09:57) | Garages, Humor, Land use, Municipal, New York City, US News, Zoning | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post revealed that in the battle for our urban future, many have already joined the machines, including New York State Supreme Court Judge Paul G. Feinman, who as reported in this The New York Times article has interpreted New York’s zoning statutes, which evidently apply to ‘developments,’ have no […]

I, for one, welcome our metal overlords: Part 1, aliens among us

25 August, 2010 (09:52) | Garages, Humor, Land use, Municipal, New York City, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith    Studying our cities from afar, a wholly alien species might well conclude that cars were the masters and we humans the servants.  We pamper them; they do not pamper us.     Tell me how I can serve you, O Optimus   (For that matter, the Transformer movies could simply […]