Category: New Haven

Month in review: May, 2014: Part 2, Homes are made into cities

2 July, 2014 (12:41) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Detroit, Eviction, Hamden, Homelessness, homeownership, New Haven, New York City, Rent control, San Francisco, Sunset law, Urban homesteading, zoning | No comments

[Previous Months in Review available here: Apr 14, Mar 14, Feb 14, Jan 14] [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw yesterday, during May I focused on US cities – Detroit, New Haven, San Francisco – whose urban policy regarding newcomers is as a seesaw to their economic prospects: the […]

Month in review: May, 2014: Part 1, Cities are made of homes

1 July, 2014 (10:52) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Detroit, Eviction, Hamden, Homelessness, homeownership, New Haven, New York City, Rent control, San Francisco, Sunset law, Urban homesteading, zoning | No comments

[Previous Months in Review available here: Apr 14, Mar 14, Feb 14, Jan 14]  By: David A. Smith Cities are made out of homes, and homes are made by homeowners. When there is a dearth of homeowners, the price of homes drops, and the city’s society hollows out as fast as does its economy, making […]

The development of trust: Part 2, How to disagree

19 June, 2014 (08:49) | Cities, Development, economics, housing, New Haven, partnership, real estate taxes, theory, trust, Yale, zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith  As we saw yesterday, development (of real estate) takes trust, and trust (of another person) takes time to develop, and the swansong duet of retiring New Haven mayor John DeStefano (now a Yale professor) and retiring Yale president Richard C. Levin, reported last summer in the New […]

The development of trust: Part 1, How to agree

18 June, 2014 (08:14) | Cities, Development, economics, housing, mayors, New Haven, partnership, real estate taxes, theory, trust, Yale, zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Next to parenting (a commitment for eternity and beyond) and marriage (intended to last ‘til death do us part), real estate development takes the most trust in the future. Investing money into the built environment is an irreversible commitment – liquid flexible capital gets nitrogen-fixed into a location and can never be […]

A successful de-fence: Part 3, not black and white any more

29 May, 2014 (07:45) | Apartments, fences, Hamden, Housing, Land use, Local issues, New Haven, Public housing, Redevelopment, Zoning | 1 comment

 By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] Our detailed retrospective on the history of a seemingly insignificant event from the New Haven Register (May 5, 2014) – the removal of a chain-link fence along a suburban roadside – has used the micro to imply the macro, and the wary […]