Category: NIMBY

Housing in Pogoland: Part 3, Refusal to acknowledge

30 March, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Homeownership, Housing, NIMBY, Overhousing, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] In Pogoland-by-the-Bay, the high price of market housing means the city ought to be consumed with a burning political desire to build more housing and a zeal to slice away any laws or regulations that obstruct affordable housing production – but, […]

Housing in Pogoland: Part 2, Failure to foresee

29 March, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Homeownership, Housing, NIMBY, Overhousing, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] In Pogoland, otherwise known as San Francisco, the enemy of affordability is us. As Conor Friedersdorf discovered to his evident surprise in his recent article (The Atlantic: December 29, 2015), the people being demonized for ‘profiting’ from the housing shortage are in fact those who’d like […]

Housing in Pogoland: Part 1, Good intentions

28 March, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Homeownership, Housing, NIMBY, Overhousing, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith It’s a good thing the Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf doesn’t live in San Francisco, because if he did, his recent article (The Atlantic: December 29, 2015), San Francisco’s Self-Defeating Housing Activists, would get him evicted if he were a renter, picketed if a homeowner, and declared persona non grata if merely a […]

The highbrows’ sports carnival: Part 4, Toxic cocktail

13 August, 2015 (10:00) | Boosters, Boston, Democracy, Governance, Housing, Infrastructure, Journalism, Los Angeles, Moral hazard, Municipal finance, NIMBY, Olympics, Philanthropy, Public finance, Sports, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith As we’ve seen in the three preceding parts of this post dissecting the corpse of Boston 2024’s failed bid to win the locals’ hearts and minds, the Olympics are effectively a highbrow sports carnival – a periodic revival […]

The highbrows’ sports carnival: Part 3, The city owns the Marathon

12 August, 2015 (10:00) | Boosters, Boston, Democracy, Governance, Housing, Infrastructure, Journalism, Los Angeles, Moral hazard, Municipal finance, NIMBY, Olympics, Philanthropy, Public finance, Sports, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we’ve seen in the previous parts, the campaign for public support of Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid was in many ways a clash of theories of influence: the mobile upstarts (rabble-rousing 140 characters at a time) versus the sober establishment (“All […]