Category: Rent control

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 | No comments

[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 | No comments

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 […]

Month in Review: July, 2014: Part 1, Cities and housing

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

By: David A. Smith Housing, I have said over and over, is what makes cities, and the converse is true.  Among land use, zoning, taxation, economic development, and urban renewal, a city can help its housing markets thrive or wither – or, as in New York City, it can put them in an extended chokehold, […]

Groundhog Day at the Rent Guidelines Board: Part 8, “How the duck did this happen?”

24 July, 2014 (09:22) | Affordability, Apartments, de Blasio, Democracy, Housing, Markets, Mobs, New York City, Politics, Rent control, Rent Guidelines Board, Rent stabilization, Rental, Takings |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By:David A. Smith Phil: Do you know what today is? Rita: No, what? Phil: Today is tomorrow. It happened. – Groundhog Day Candidate Bill de Blasio, as we saw in yesterday’s Part 7, had […]