Category: NIMBY

Tragedy of the lords: Part 2, 7 out of 10 of the nation’s worst zip codes

30 October, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, California, CEQA, Development, Housing, Los Angeles, Markets, NIMBY, Proposition 13, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith You’ve started using your incompetence as a weapon I think I’ve underestimated you, Ned. I don’t know why it took me so long. You’ve started using your incompetence as a weapon. – Assistant District Attorney Lowenstein, Body Heat Yesterday’s criticism of Los Angeles’ epic failure of […]

Tragedy of the lords: Part 1, 47% of gross income for rent

29 October, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, California, CEQA, Development, Housing, Los Angeles, Markets, NIMBY, Proposition 13, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith You better take me up on this quick. In another forty-five minutes I’m going to give up and walk away. – Ned Racine, Body Heat In about forty-five years I’m going to give up Take something for granted long enough, pile it with ever greater burdens, obstruct it with ever longer […]

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, Verticality, 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 Francisco, Sunset law, US News, Verticality, 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 […]

History of a plot: Part 6, You can’t go home again

22 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, Community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NIMBY, Nonprofits, Politics, Poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and  Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt.  – Phaedrus. As we’ve seen in the preceding parts, once the Puerto Ricans had been cleared out of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area […]