Category: Rental

Tintypes from the time before zoning: Part 3, An idea to be returned to circulation

9 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, US News, work-live housing, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1]   In yesterday’s Part 2, on the evolution of urban work-live spaces such as a custodian’s apartments within a library, taking off from Cait Etherington’s light post in 6sqft (July 3, 2016),, we identified two forces that governed the […]

Tintypes from the time before zoning: Part 2, References in the archive

8 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, Technology, Urbanization, US News, work-live housing, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Being at the top floor of the north wing, this hall was not in any real sense a hall at all, but was more in the nature of a loft. The only window was at its far end, and opposite the door through […]

Tintypes from the time before: Part 1, The dusty stacks of memory

4 August, 2016 (10:47) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Housing, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Rottcodd, drawn by Mervyn Peake The Hall of the Bright Carvings, which ran along the top storey of the north wing, was presided over by the curator, Rottcodd, who, as no one ever visited the room, slept during most of his life in the hammock he had erected at the far […]

In Jeddah

6 June, 2016 (09:13) | Housing, informal communties, Jeddah, Rental, Saudi Arabia, teaching, Urban renewal, Urbanization |

 By: David A. Smith   Al-Balad, the old city of Jeddah   I haven’t posted for more than a week because it’s been an incredibly busy week; first with speaking at the World Bank’s 7th Global Housing Finance Summit in Washington DC, where I talked about taking housing finance and housing affordability down the income […]

Month in Review, March, 2016: Part 2, Two tales of two countries

24 May, 2016 (10:04) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Democracy, Global news, Government, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, in complex systems like cities, government, and housing, success looks easy only after the fact, and invites tinkering with the finely balanced elements of that success.   See?  Nothing to it!   Indeed, many there are who believe […]