Category: Policy

Better off vacant: Part 2, No more sledgehammer risk

29 July, 2013 (12:03) | Apartments, Appraisals, Markets, New York City, Policy, Politics, Real estate taxes, Regulation, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Supply, Theory, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1 .]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post introduced us to landlord-turned-rental-dropout Scott James, whose New York Times Op-Ed (June 7, 2013) described his disillusionment with being a landlord crystallizing when the City of San Francisco told him, in so many words, that his property was more valuable with its extra […]

Better off vacant: Part 1, One reason for the shortage? Me

26 July, 2013 (10:00) | Apartments, Appraisals, Markets, New York City, Policy, Politics, Real estate taxes, Regulation, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Supply, Theory, US News |

By:David A. Smith     We humans can be so set in our ways that it often takes either juxtaposition or absurdity to reveal the contradictions between (say) our stated principles and our actual decisions, but fortunately New York’s dueling papers provided the raw material for just one such, with (unexpectedly) a New York Times […]

Might as well outlaw doubt

28 September, 2012 (09:15) | Africa, Angola, Capital, currency, Ghana, Global news, Inflation, Markets, money, Policy, Regulation, Zambia |

By:David A. Smith How confident are you?   Among the many reasons that money, that is the portable and numerical denomination of freely tradable symbols of value, is one of humanity’s greatest inventions (mathematics is discovered, money was invented) is its power to rebalance power between questionable rulers and poor people – and, as shown […]

Month in Review, June, 2012: Part 2, this is a happy occasion

22 August, 2012 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Charities, Cities, Egypt, Euro, Foreclosure, Local issues, Mobile homes, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Policy, Regulation, Theory, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: May 12, Apr 12, Mar 12, Feb 12, Jan 12]   By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Unfortunately, not all houses house families, and housing that has too long been vacant of aspirant families or civilly-minded empty nesters can become a convenient shell for hermit […]

Month in Review, June, 2012: Part 1, Let’s not bicker and argue

21 August, 2012 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Charities, Cities, Egypt, Euro, Foreclosure, Local issues, Mobile homes, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Policy, Regulation, Theory, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: May 12, Apr 12, Mar 12, Feb 12, Jan 12]   By:David A. Smith   In June, we rediscovered that, as anyone knows who’s trolled Facebook or compared an executive’s bio or Web site photo with the reality, what we present is usually more appealing than what we actually […]