Category: US News

Zoning’s fifth column

26 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Innovations, Law, New York City, Policy, Technology, US News, Zoning | No comments

As my four columns of troops approach the city, a fifth column of people inside the city will support us and undermine the government from within. General Emilio Mola, advancing on Madrid, 1936 (paraphrased from Wikipedia)   By: David A. Smith   According to Gordon Gekko’s reading of Sun Tzu, every battle is won before […]

Tintypes from the time before zoning: Part 3, An idea to be returned to circulation

9 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, US News, work-live housing, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1]   In yesterday’s Part 2, on the evolution of urban work-live spaces such as a custodian’s apartments within a library, taking off from Cait Etherington’s light post in 6sqft (July 3, 2016),, we identified two forces that governed the […]

Tintypes from the time before zoning: Part 2, References in the archive

8 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, Technology, Urbanization, US News, work-live housing, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Being at the top floor of the north wing, this hall was not in any real sense a hall at all, but was more in the nature of a loft. The only window was at its far end, and opposite the door through […]

Tintypes from the time before: Part 1, The dusty stacks of memory

4 August, 2016 (10:47) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Housing, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Rottcodd, drawn by Mervyn Peake The Hall of the Bright Carvings, which ran along the top storey of the north wing, was presided over by the curator, Rottcodd, who, as no one ever visited the room, slept during most of his life in the hammock he had erected at the far […]

Bitch, we’re the co-op board

25 July, 2016 (09:00) | Apartments, Co-ops, Condominiums, Harperley Hall, kayfabe, Law, Louise Ciccone, New York City, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   I always thought I should be treated like a star. – Madonna Ciccone Blogs must be entertaining or they are nothing, and few things can be more entertaining than mocking a self-important bloviator playing the do-you-know-who-i-am card, and who better to play the card than the original, the ur-copycat […]