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, 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 […]

History of a plot: Part 5, it’s not gentrification if it’s we who gentrify

18 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, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3] By: David A. Smith When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story. – Charles Baxter By the early 1990s, as we saw in the preceding Part 3, the SPURA site’s development standoff had defeated three […]

History of a plot: Part 4, Housing for whom?

17 April, 2014 (07:47) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, Community groups, Corruption, 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 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith The king died, and then the queen dies is a story.  The king died, and then the queen died of grief, is a plot.  – E. M. Forster As we’ve seen in the three parts up to now, the site […]