Category: NIMBY

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 […]

That’s MY public property, not yours

15 August, 2013 (10:46) | Beaches, California, easement, Malibu, NIMBY, public property, Zoning | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Human beings are remarkably consistent, just not in ways that we say we’re consistent.  So all of us are fully in favor of public property, when it’s a place I want to visit, but when you want to visit my public property, why then my consistency demands that I oppose your […]

If you can’t beat ‘em, build ‘em: Part 2, we fought George III on that

22 February, 2013 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Chapter 40B, Development, Hingham, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, MEEs, NIMBY, Rental, Zoning | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post began with the happy ending – eight new homes, two of which are affordable and all eight of which will count as affordable, being developed in bucolic Hingham, Massachusetts, as reported by Jessica Bartlett (who’s covered these developments from the beginning) in a […]