Category: New York City

Month in Review, September, 2014: Part 2, Decisions small and big

12 November, 2014 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Casinos, China, Eminent domain, Everett, GAIA, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Markets, Martin J. Walsh, Month in review, New York City, Speculation, Thomas Menino | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, roughly half of my September posting concerned itself with scandals, one overhyped and one underappreciated – but of course scandals are only the outcome of decisions gone wrong (at least from somebody’s perspective), and the other September posts explored […]

Month in Review, September 2014: Part 1, Scandals faux and real

11 November, 2014 (09:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Casinos, China, Eminent domain, Everett, GAIA, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Markets, Martin J. Walsh, Month in review, New York City, Speculation, Thomas Menino | No comments

By: David A. Smith Because it lies at the intersection of both personal issues and political ones, housing generally, and affordable housing particularly, is fertile ground for journalists seeking scandal stories, and in September I profiled two of them, one faux and one real. And I’d never get any ratings at all For all that […]

Poor poor pitiful door: Part 5, About a year

18 September, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith By now, after four parts on a GAIA (God Ain’t It Awful) story about the separation of entrances in a fantastically located mixed-income property on New York’s West Side, readers may have deduced that I think […]

Poor poor pitiful door: part 4, Loophole du jour

17 September, 2014 (10:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 3 observed the egalitarianism paradox of ‘poor door’ apartments – that properties which otherwise would have been entirely segregated (100% luxury, 0% affordable) are criticized as exclusionary because the new apartments developed – with no government […]

Poor poor pitiful door: Part 3, Hunting for culprits

16 September, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Discrimination, Economics, GAIA, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Journalism, Linkage, London, Markets, New York City, Rental |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s Part 2, I laid out the arguments made, chiefly by keyboard crusaders masquerading as reporters, that ‘poor doors’ (separate entrances in a mixed-income building for affordable housing renters) are demeaning, discriminatory, and in general un-American. We’re from Christendom and […]