Category: Politics

Month in Review: June 2014: Part 1, The challenges of existing housing

31 July, 2014 (09:40) | Austin, TX, Detroit, Flagstaff, Local issues, mayors, Mobile homes, month-in-review, Municipal bankruptcy, municipal budgets, New Haven, New York City, NYCHA, Politics, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Student housing, Urbanization, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith In a century of cities, so much to do with housing happens not at the national level but in the city, and yet I was surprised to discover that every June post focused on a municipal-level issue, even if some of them are exemplars of global trends. Sir, sir, they’re just […]

Groundhog Day at the Rent Guidelines Board: Part 8, “How the duck did this happen?”

24 July, 2014 (09:22) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, democracy, Housing, Markets, mobs, New York City, Politics, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent Stabilization, Rental, Takings | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By:David A. Smith Phil: Do you know what today is? Rita: No, what? Phil: Today is tomorrow. It happened. – Groundhog Day Candidate Bill de Blasio, as we saw in yesterday’s Part 7, had […]

Groundhog Day at the Rent Guidelines Board: Part 7, “Some of it dirty”

23 July, 2014 (09:23) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, democracy, Housing, Markets, mobs, New York City, Politics, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent Stabilization, Rental, Takings | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By:David A. Smith Phil: There is no way that this winter is *ever* going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be […]

Groundhog Day at the Rent Guidelines Board: Part 6, “A different situation by law”

22 July, 2014 (08:56) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, democracy, Housing, Markets, mobs, New York City, Politics, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent Stabilization, Rental, Takings | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By:David A. Smith Phil: You want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil. I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest […]

Groundhog Day at the Rent Guidelines Board: Part 5, “No Airborne Chairs”

21 July, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, democracy, Housing, Markets, mobs, New York City, Politics, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent Stabilization, Rental, Takings | No comments

[Continued from last week's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By:David A. Smith                        Psychiatrist: I think we should meet again. How’s tomorrow for you? [Phil begins punching himself in the head through pillow] Psychiatrist: Is that not good? – Groundhog Day Every year without fail, New York City’s Rent […]