Category: Municipal

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 […]

There ain’t no such thing as free infrastructure: Part 3, Partnership

12 October, 2007 (08:55) | Markets, Municipal, Theory |

[Continued from the previous Part 1 and Part 2.]   So far we’ve seen that when cities grow big enough, they need to install municipal infrastructure, especially water and sanitation; and that expecting the private sector to cover all this cost, for all a city’s denizens, is unrealistic.     Instead, places like Philadelphia and […]

There ain’t no such thing as free infrastructure: Part 2, downstream

11 October, 2007 (10:10) | Markets, Municipal, Theory |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1 .]   Yesterday we explored the challenge of financing public-good infrastructure – big capital expenditures that create networks valuable to all of us.   In the US, we’re familiar with this via our friendly municipal power company,     or its close cousins, the water and sewer company.  So inextricably linked […]

There ain’t no such thing as free infrastructure: Part 1, why

10 October, 2007 (09:05) | Markets, Municipal, Theory |

Way back in my benighted youth, when I occasionally played very-late-night poker against future captains of industry, our game of choice (Texas Hold ‘Em then being unknown outside Vegas) was table-stakes pot limit six-card high-low card with a draw.    You pay to look; lessons come extra   One player in particular had a mantra, […]