Category: New York

Month in Review, December 2014: Part 1, Hit pause on reality

4 February, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Bankruptcy, Casinos, Cemetery, Cities, Co-ops, Detroit, Development, Eminent domain, Environmental, Eurozone, Land use, Mitchell-Lama, New York, Privatization, Switzerland, US News, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Compared with all the generations that came before us, we today live in a world of unprecedented rate of change, both in dimensions – technology, medicine/ biology, war/conflict, and human society/ moral values – and in speed.  To survive and orient within this continuous shock of the new, we have learned […]

Month in Review, March, 2014: Part 2, No spin here, no sirree

2 May, 2014 (09:00) | Bankruptcy, Bonds, Cities, Dictators, Discrimination, Housing, Month in review, Mount Holly, Municipal bankruptcy, New York, Public consultation, Puerto Rico, Speculation, Taxation, Ukraine, US News, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Feb 14, Jan 14] [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Because affordable housing cannot exist unless the state or nation’s economy and polity are basically sound, roughly half of my March posts dealt with issues of state or national fiscal viability (Puerto Rico and Ukraine), housing […]

­­Month in Review, March, 2014: Part 1, It’s always the palace, isn’t it?

1 May, 2014 (09:00) | Bankruptcy, Bonds, Cities, Cyprus, Dictators, Discrimination, Eminent domain, Housing, Month in review, Mount Holly, Municipal bankruptcy, New York, Public consultation, Puerto Rico, Speculation, Taxation, US News, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Feb 14, Jan 14] By: David A. Smith That wrong shall fail and right prevail Though sic semper tyrannis is often more wished for than achieved, every now and then it happens, and March opened with the promise of political spring in Ukraine, a ray of political sunshine that […]

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, NIMBY, Nonprofits, Politics, Poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning |

[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, Rental, 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 […]