Category: Redfields

Month in Review, September 2010

12 November, 2010 (11:13) | China, Cities, Exclusion, Global news, Housing, Redfields, Rental, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   [Previous Months in Review available here: Aug, Jul, Jun, May, Apr, Mar, Feb, Jan 2010]   Yes, they’ve been going up in smoke   As Labor Day heralded the end of Congress’s summer of discontent, I opened September with an imagined conversation between two Harvard grads in “Mr. President, I […]

Urban fallow: Part 3, shaping the future

29 September, 2010 (14:40) | Cities, Demographics, Detroit, Innovations, Parks, Redevelopment, Redfields, Speculation, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers, Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends Or other testimony of summer nights. The nymphs are departed. – The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot   As we saw yesterday, via a Boston Globe […]

Urban fallow: Part 2, seeing the present system

28 September, 2010 (11:49) | Cities, Demographics, Detroit, Innovations, Parks, Redevelopment, Redfields, Speculation, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow Out of this stony rubbish? – The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot   Yesterday’s post on right-sizing cities whose economies have structural shrunk established, via a Boston Globe article, that a city whose population is permanently […]

Urban fallow: Part 1, letting go of the past

27 September, 2010 (16:26) | Cities, Demographics, Detroit, Innovations, Parks, Redevelopment, Redfields, Speculation, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith   Unreal City, Under the brown fog of a winter dawn, – The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot   As primates who mark, possess, and defend our territory, people are naturally attuned to property that is undefended, so when we observe untended property, we internalize its abandonment and subconsciously both treat it […]