Category: Rent control

Month in review, February 2015: Part 2, From Yes to No to Maybe

24 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] Though committees, as we saw yesterday, have grave difficulty approving and acting upon anything, the same groups can swiftly reach a consensus to oppose anything, or even better, endorsing its regulatory variation, Pay me not to oppose you, as Everett casino developer no doubt expected, as […]

Month in review, February 2015: Part 1, Global to personal

23 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith Among housing’s many fascinations for me is that it connects the most global issues (like money and currency) with the most local ones (such as where to buy a condo or co-op), and in February these two were linked more than usual.  Global forces can land anywhere In February, the ornery […]

The antidote to majoritarianism: Part 2, There are outer limits

12 February, 2015 (09:00) | Apartments, Constitution, Fifth Amendment, Housing, Law, Local issues, Markets, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Takings, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, essential to democracy is the protection of minority rights against the majoritarian impulse to rewrite the rules by increments, and as property rights are human rights, they must be protected by an entity or branch of government that stands […]

The antidote to majoritarianism: Part 1, On its face fails both tests

11 February, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Constitution, Fifth Amendment, Housing, Law, Local issues, Markets, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Takings, US News |

By: David A. Smith In case of emergency, think for yourself Once a society has decided that a particular group of people is morally guilty against the public interest, it can and often will embark on a series of exactions, each of which it justifies as necessary to ‘level the playing field,’ ‘correct historical inequity,’ […]

Month in Review: July, 2014: Part 2, Reality and theory

22 August, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Apartments, Boston, BRA, Chiofaro, Cities, Development, Month in review, New York City, Occupancy, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent stabilization, Rental, US News |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] Doodling in 1312: merchants and their ships in Venice A blog, as these examples show, is a commonplace book, a scratchpad for the restless innovator, so it wanders whither it will, but now and then I am brought back to the topic at hand, as in […]