Category: Nairobi

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, 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 Boston Redevelopment […]

The self-organizing cellular network

28 February, 2014 (09:00) | Buses, Cellular automata, Global news, Innovations, Kibera, Markets, Nairobi, Networks, Slums, Transportation |

 By:David A. Smith So comfortable and regulated are we in the formal world that we have fallen into the foolish belief that all networks must be the result of organized and conscious creation, when in fact the genius of markets lies in their ability to use the dynamics of cellular automata – hundreds, thousands, or […]

Burying treasure

15 January, 2010 (11:31) | Global news, Kenya, Land value, Markets, Nairobi, Piracy, Somalia, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization |

By: David A. Smith   Pirates have a real estate problem and a capital problem.    We’ve got the capital, now we need the real estate!   Like highwaymen (land pirates) and kidnappers (wilderness pirates), for their business they need a work environment of vast uncharted spaces and complete lawlessness – for which the high […]