Category: Rent control

Round-shouldered psyches: Part 2, Do it in DUMBO?

4 February, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, architects, Cities, Design, High-rise, Housing, Innovations, micro-apartments, New York City, Psychology, Rent control, Uncategorized, urban living |

 [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith                                                                           To my surprise, yesterday’s little post on the psychological risks of living in a micro-apartment, using as source material an interesting article in The Atlantic (December 13, 2013),  expanded so much it didn’t fit in the original slot, so I’ve carried it over.   Fun […]

Round-shouldered psyches: Part 1, Enough room for the fridge?

3 February, 2014 (14:43) | Apartments, architects, Cities, Design, High-rise, Housing, Innovations, micro-apartments, New York City, Psychology, Rent control, Uncategorized, urban living |

By:David A. Smith                                                                           Would you live here?   Micro-apartment designed by Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos   Every apartment looks spacious […]

The enemy of my enemy: Part 3, Take your head out of your clouds

20 November, 2013 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, disruptive technology,, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, New York City, Rent control, rentals, Tenure, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   After two posts about Airbnb’s resistance to the New York attorney general’s subpoena, as reported in Crain’s New York (October 13, 2013) and with additional material from the West Side Neighborhood Association’s web site (gray font), theNew York Daily News (October […]

The enemy of my enemy: Part 2, A mockery of zoning

19 November, 2013 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, disruptive technology,, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, New York City, Rent control, Rental, Tenure, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post on the widening battle between AIrbnb and New York’s attorney general, using a series of stories starting with Crain’s New York (October 13, 2013), then with additional material from the West Side Neighborhood Association’s web site (gray font), theNew York Daily News (October […]

The enemy of my enemy: Part 1, Balderdash for the gullible

18 November, 2013 (13:14) | Airbnb, Apartments, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, New York City, Rent control, Rental, Tenure, US News, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   When a disruptive technology hits a stable ecosystem, the disruption will go far beyond business models, it also disrupts law and precedent and land use, and the results can splash in all directions. Indeed, the sudden discovery that however much I dislike my long-time policy adversary, he and I have common […]