Category: Neighborhood

Sub-cities? Part 3, A hollow urban core

3 January, 2014 (09:00) | Business improvement district, Chicago, Cities, Innovations, Municipal finance, Neighborhood, RDAs, Speculation, Theory, TIF, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   By now, carefully dismantling Aaron M. Renn’sinformative jeremiad inCity Journal (October 16, 2013), we’ve established that TIFs are used to fund particular bits of civic infrastructure, often with a private partner as principal developer, that would not be funded otherwise out […]

Sub-cities? Part 2, Insulating from poorer segments

2 January, 2014 (09:00) | Business improvement district, Chicago, Cities, Innovations, Municipal finance, Neighborhood, RDAs, Speculation, Theory, TIF, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post used as a springboard Aaron M. Renn’ssophist disquisition, published in City Journal (October 16, 2013), on Tax Increment Financing and its potential evils; as an important bit of logical argumentative housekeeping, I refuted one of Mr. Renn’s scandals of TIF misuse: a new […]

Sub-cities? Part 1, Generous to Chicago

31 December, 2013 (12:56) | Business improvement district, Chicago, Cities, Innovations, Municipal finance, Neighborhood, RDAs, Speculation, Theory, TIF, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Have some of our cities become too large – not physically (although that is clearly the case with Detroit), but politically? That’s the hypothesis I formed while reading Aaron M. Renn’s well-written polemic disguised as reporting in City Journal (October 16, 2013):   Passionate about cities: Aaron Renn Rahm Emanuel inherited […]

A street at war: Part 2, after the City’s task force

1 February, 2013 (12:10) | Boston, Cities, Ecosystem, Foreclosure, Hendry Street, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Neighborhood, Rental, Subprime |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post, using excellent gritty reporting from Globe reporters (Andrew Ryan, Meghan E. Irons, Akilah Johnson, Maria Cramer, and Jenna Russell) published in the Boston Globe (December 18, 2012), followed the timeline of Hendry Street (blue font) in Dorchester, one of Boston’s worst neighborhoods, in […]

A street at war: Part 1, before the City’s task force

1 February, 2013 (12:07) | Boston, Cities, Ecosystem, Foreclosure, Hendry Street, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Neighborhood, Rental, Subprime |

By:David A. Smith   For years, if not decades, a siege war has been fought on Hendry Street in the Dorchester section of Boston.  Like most wars, this one is dominated by boredom punctuated by brief intervals of sheer terror, but unlike most wars, this one is was largely unreported until an enterprising team of […]