Category: Portland

Month in Review, October 2013: Part 2, Government actions versus market reactions

22 November, 2013 (12:58) | Airbnb, Cities, Cyprus, Easement, Eurozone, Homelessness, Hotels, Marijuana, New York City, Portland, Rental, San Francisco, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Sept 13,  Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, in cities the micro hits the macro all the time, because each of us operates independently, and […]

Month in Review, October 2013: Part 1, Private rights versus public rights

21 November, 2013 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, Cyprus, Easement, Eurozone, Homelessness, Hotels, Marijuana, New York City, Portland, Rental, San Francisco, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Sept 13, Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   By:David A. Smith   ‘Constructive and destructive tensions’ might have been the theme of October’s posts, and indeed that is a rising theme of all these posts.  At the heart of […]

Unwelcome in Portland: Part 2, voters are completely schizophrenic?

4 October, 2013 (10:28) | Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Economics, Housing, Land use, Oregon, Portland, US News, Washington State, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   In yesterday’s post, expanding on a wry Economist (July 27, 2013) article on Portland’s defensive defenses of the city’s and state’s deflection of dastardly development, we saw that Portland’s strategy has consigned the city to second-tier status, permanently losing the competition with Seattle and now […]

Unwelcome in Portland: Part 1, the ravenous rampage of suburbia?

3 October, 2013 (13:06) | Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Economics, Housing, Land use, Oregon, Portland, US News, Washington State, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Evolution works by simultaneous mutation and natural selection; science works by replicable paired experiments between a study group and a control group, and for both of these, America’s vast space and our three-leveled government create a huge range of possibilities – which is my circuitous introduction to the value of studying […]

A desire named streetcar: Part 3, the charm of idling

26 October, 2012 (09:19) | Boston, Cities, Light rail, Portland, Samuel Scheib, Streetcars, Theory, TOD, Transit |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   In the first age of streetcars, 1875 to 1925, as documented by Samuel L. Scheib in Reason (October, 2012), they revolutionized cities as a form of efficient, clean, cheap urban transport – and in remaking cities, they enabled us to […]