Category: Personal

A. Harold Howell, Jr., 1941-2012

8 March, 2012 (12:34) | Affordable Housing, Equity syndication, Harry Howell, Obituary, Personal | 5 comments

By: David A. Smith   The man who more than any other individual impelled me into a career in affordable housing died yesterday of a sudden massive stroke.  Harry Howell was seventy.     Though Harry and I were only thirteen years apart and went to the same college, we straddle the social divide of […]

How to create a livable urban future: Part 2, the past is ever with us

17 November, 2011 (10:00) | Boston, Cities, Creativity, CSFW, Future, Housing, Personal, Primer posts, Science fiction, Speculation, Urbanization, Writing |

By:David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   As we saw yesterday, reflecting on so translating our essay, How to create a readable future, written by several of us authors of Future Boston, The History of a City, 1990 to 2100, writing stories about the future uses many of the same mental muscles and […]

How to create a livable urban future: Part 1, competitive collaboration

16 November, 2011 (10:51) | Boston, Cities, Creativity, CSFW, Future, Housing, Personal, Primer posts, Science fiction, Speculation, Urbanization, Writing |

By:David A. Smith   As I posted many months ago, the Boston Phoenix published an essay, How to create a readable future, about the mosaic novel, Future Boston, The History of a City, 1990 to 2100, created by the many authors in my former writers’ workshop.   Continuing our occasional series on the Ultimate Future […]

Gaynor Asquith, 1952-2011

14 November, 2011 (11:07) | Consulting, Entrepreneur, Manchester, MEEs, Obituary, Personal, United Kingdom | 4 comments

By:David A. Smith   Too soon gone: Gaynor Asquith   I first met Gaynor Asquith, loyal Mancunian, in a Liverpool jail that had been deemed historic and converted into a restaurant – and if place bespeaks character, this was an apt choice, mixing as it did adaptive reuse, sociability, and a wry sense of implied […]

Inventing the future city

15 February, 2011 (11:34) | Boston, Cities, CSFW, Housing, Personal, Science fiction, Speculation, Urbanization |

By: David A. Smith   Not long ago, the Boston Phoenix published an essay, How to create a readable future, about our mosaic novel, Future Boston, The History of a City, 1990 to 2100.    Five of FuBos’s authors: Left to right: Alex Jablokov, David Smith, Jon Burrowes, Sarah Smith, Steve Popkes   Continuing our […]