Category: Rent control

Housing in Pogoland: Part 3, Refusal to acknowledge

30 March, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Homeownership, Housing, NIMBY, Overhousing, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] In Pogoland-by-the-Bay, the high price of market housing means the city ought to be consumed with a burning political desire to build more housing and a zeal to slice away any laws or regulations that obstruct affordable housing production – but, […]

Housing in Pogoland: Part 2, Failure to foresee

29 March, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Homeownership, Housing, NIMBY, Overhousing, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] In Pogoland, otherwise known as San Francisco, the enemy of affordability is us. As Conor Friedersdorf discovered to his evident surprise in his recent article (The Atlantic: December 29, 2015), the people being demonized for ‘profiting’ from the housing shortage are in fact those who’d like […]

Housing in Pogoland: Part 1, Good intentions

28 March, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Homeownership, Housing, NIMBY, Overhousing, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith It’s a good thing the Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf doesn’t live in San Francisco, because if he did, his recent article (The Atlantic: December 29, 2015), San Francisco’s Self-Defeating Housing Activists, would get him evicted if he were a renter, picketed if a homeowner, and declared persona non grata if merely a […]

Month in Review, February, 2016: Part 2, The macro of money

22 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Chicago, China, Cities, Housing, Maine, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Rental, Tiny houses, Venice | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] As we saw yesterday with both the tiny house and the tiny rent-controlled apartment, ecosystems are more complex than they appear on the surface – – and when a half a trillion paper butterflies flap their wings to escape its financial regime, the consequences are felt […]

Month in Review, February, 2016: Part 1, The micro of people

21 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Chicago, China, Cities, Housing, Maine, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Rental, Tiny houses, Venice | No comments

By: David A. Smith So bound up is housing in our conception of ourselves – perhaps it has to do with the trust we place in our space when we close our eyes for unconscious sleep – that inevitably we claim ownership and dominion over those sleeping surroundings, and see in them both expressions of […]