Category: Redevelopment

Folly or catalyst? Part 3, “Something Downtown Stockton can be proud of”

15 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, California, CalPERS, Cities, Development, Economics, Housing, LIHTC, Municipal bankruptcy, Redevelopment, Stockton, Tax credits, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw yesterday, Stockton’s economic decline became possible to arrest only with bankruptcy and its slashing of liabilities, which made the city once again creditworthy and which also enabled it to rejoin the community of municipal entities reinvesting in their […]

Folly or catalyst? Part 2, “With bankruptcy being over”

14 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, California, CalPERS, Cities, Development, Economics, Housing, LIHTC, Municipal bankruptcy, Redevelopment, Stockton, Tax credits, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw yesterday, the economic decline of downtown Stockton has spanned several decades, and as the city’s finances worsened, the downtown – which ought to have been the engine of economic revival – rusted. Sources used in this post Stockton Record (September 17, 2014) Stockton […]

Folly or catalyst? Part 1, “I bought strong locks”

13 May, 2015 (11:21) | Affordable Housing, California, CalPERS, Cities, Development, Economics, Housing, LIHTC, Municipal bankruptcy, Redevelopment, Stockton, Tax credits, US News |

By: David A. Smith A dying downtown is unspeakably depressing.  Property’s decay and death is painfully slow and painfully visible: fading signs, drawn blinds, leaves and scraps huddled in doorway corners, sun-bleached shingles and paint, all of them say, Nobody cares about this place.  Stockton — Attorney Jacob Loyal Benguerel became a pioneer of sorts […]

A successful de-fence: Part 3, not black and white any more

29 May, 2014 (07:45) | Apartments, Fences, Hamden, Housing, Land use, Local issues, New Haven, Public housing, Redevelopment, Zoning | 1 comment

 By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] Our detailed retrospective on the history of a seemingly insignificant event from the New Haven Register (May 5, 2014) – the removal of a chain-link fence along a suburban roadside – has used the micro to imply the macro, and the wary […]

A successful de-fence: Part 2, the present evokes the past

28 May, 2014 (07:44) | Apartments, Fences, Hamden, Housing, Land use, Local issues, New Haven, Public housing, Redevelopment, Zoning |

 By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] In yesterday’s Part 1, we used the micro to imply the macro, because the fight over one expansive chain-link fence, which as reported in the New Haven Register (May 5, 2014) finally was coming down, represented so much to both cities – poor urban New Haven […]