Category: Poverty

History of a plot: Part 1, The sixties

14 April, 2014 (15:58) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, Poverty, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning |

Storytelling is about two things; it’s about character and plot. – George Lucas. By: David A. Smith They grew up in the same circles, and they came of age politically together.  For almost four decades, they did favors for one another, because that is what friends do.  Eventually, one of them, the youngest, the protege, […]

Poverty of choice

27 June, 2011 (11:23) | Affordability, Cities, Health, Housing, Innovations, Poverty, Security, Theory | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith    From Jamie Holmes, policy analyst at the New America Foundation, published in The New Republic, comes an excellent survey of empirical evidence in favor of what seems a common-sense proposition – that the poorer you are, the less willpower you can summon to change your life, because the more of […]

Give us the money and don’t ask for results

22 October, 2010 (11:11) | Aid, Donors, Global news, Housing, Poverty, Speculation, UN |

By: David A. Smith   It must be nice to be given enormous sums, based principally on your self-burnished image for tender-heartedness, and not be troubled by niggling questions about what you did with it and whether anybody was better off as a result.    Show me the money!   You know that the UN […]

Locking in ‘those people’

6 October, 2010 (10:56) | Beijing, China, Cities, Global news, Poverty, Security, Tenure |

By: David A. Smith   Even before the phrenological theory of human character held sway, it’s been tempting to believe that we ordinary decent people are genetically and visibly distinct from those lowlifes who infest our cities with filth, disease, and crime.    It’s all in your head   If they are a race apart, […]

Pay for empowerment? Part 2, the urban challenge

5 October, 2010 (11:49) | Brazil, Donors, Global news, Innovations, Poverty, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday we saw that Bolsa Familia, brazil’s signature anti-poverty program that pays families when they keep their children in school, has been a roaring success, measured by outcomes (increased school attendance), cost (much cheaper than direct programs), participation (12,500,000 families), and politics (all current […]