Category: NIMBY

Sunset scarcity: Part 2, Sunset the sunset law

6 May, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Density, Development, Housing, Land use, NIMBY, Rent control, San Francisco, sunset law, US News, vertical, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post, starting from a straightforward article in Business Insider (April 8, 2014), introduced us to yet another aspect of San Francisco’s dysfunctional housing ecosystem, namely its city-wide height restriction dubbed the ‘sunset law’ because it prohibits building anything tall enough to cast a shadow more […]

Sunset scarcity: Part 1, Sunshine on the sunset law

5 May, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Density, Development, High-rise, Housing, Land use, NIMBY, Rent control, san, San Francisco, sunset law, US News, vertical, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith Housing (both supply and demand) is an ecosystem, where everything influences everything else, and all independent actors (public or private) are always operating to maximize their own situation consistent with their ecosystemic constraints.  This approach makes our exploration of dysfunctional residential markets something of a recursive quest, for every time we […]

New York City’s self-reinforcing homelessness ecosystem: Part 3, 63% homeless before

23 October, 2013 (09:00) | Cities, Ecosystem, Homeless, Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Incentives, Markets, New York City, NIMBY, resident services, Slums, Subsidy, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Thus far, using a story from WNYC (August 12, 2013), we’ve seen that New York’s ecosystem for addressing homeless simply increases the problem (attracting the homeless and quasi-homeless from all around), exacerbates exploitation (by rewarding landlords who become homeless slumlords), contributes […]

New York City’s self-reinforcing homelessness ecosystem: Part 2, more than $1 billion annually

22 October, 2013 (09:28) | Cities, Ecosystem, Homeless, Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Incentives, Markets, New York City, NIMBY, resident services, Slums, Subsidy, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post on the self-reinforcing failure of New York City’s ecosystem of anti-homelessness mandates, resources, programs and people, using this story from WNYC (August 12, 2013), demonstrated that a judicial mandate has forced New York City to do something, and the laws of political economy […]

New York City’s self-reinforcing homelessness ecosystem: Part 1, 73% increase in family homelessness

21 October, 2013 (12:38) | Cities, Ecosystem, Homeless, Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Incentives, Markets, New York City, NIMBY, resident services, Slums, Subsidy, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   When housing becomes an entitlement, no matter how noble the intentions, the results are destined to be perversely self-reinforcing, as revealed (with some reordering for logic) by this story from WNYC (August 12, 2013):   The cost of a perverse ecosystem: a homeless boy sits in the lobby at 60 Clarkson […]