Category: New York

History of a plot: Part 3, Code words for ‘those people’

16 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Manhattan, New York, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In order to have a plot, you have to have a conflict; something bad has to happen. – Mike Judge. As we saw in Part 1 and Part 2, The Lower East Side of Manhattan was a crucible of the changes sweeping […]

Micro and macro housing issues: Part 3, the political forces

12 April, 2013 (10:03) | Affordability, Apartments, Configuration, Corruption, Innovations, Markets, New York, Rent control, rentals, San Francisco, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   By mixing and matching snippets from three stories – the New York Post (March 30, 2013) (brown font), the San Francisco Chronicle (November 20, 2012) (blue font), and Bloomberg (January 29, 2013) (green font) – we’ve been able to see […]

Micro and macro housing issues: Part 2, the squatting scammers

11 April, 2013 (13:59) | Affordability, Apartments, Configuration, Corruption, Innovations, Markets, New York, Rent control, rentals, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post brought us cheerful CAD/CAM renderings of innovative micro-scale apartments being pioneered in New York and San Francisco, two cities that combine heavy-headed development restrictions and skyrocketing rents, the relationship between which is revealed only when one lines up three different stories, specifically the […]

Micro and macro housing issues: Part 1, the visionaries

10 April, 2013 (17:27) | Affordability, Apartments, Configuration, Corruption, Innovations, Markets, New York, Rent control, rentals, San Francisco, Urbanization, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Just as a single data point does not make a trend, an individual news story stands by itself, but when we add another point, the resulting line becomes a new dimension, and a third point makes a plane in two dimensions, so it wasn’t until I read this story in the […]

Why be fair when you can be popular?

12 December, 2012 (09:30) | Apartments, co-operatives, Condominiums, Local issues, New York, Real estate taxes, Rental, Taxation |

By:David A. Smith   Close study of politics will lower one’s view of human character, and the closer to personal pocketbook issues, the lower one’s opinion goes, as illustrated with complete credulous oblivion by two stories, Crains New York (November 16, 2012) and The Queens Courier (November 16, 2012) (blue font):   Co-op, condo taxes […]