Category: San Francisco

Month in review: May, 2014: Part 2, Homes are made into cities

2 July, 2014 (12:41) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Detroit, Eviction, Hamden, Homelessness, Homeownership, New Haven, New York City, Rent control, San Francisco, Sunset law, Urban homesteading, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Apr 14, Mar 14, Feb 14, Jan 14] [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw yesterday, during May I focused on US cities – Detroit, New Haven, San Francisco – whose urban policy regarding newcomers is as a seesaw to their economic prospects: the […]

Month in review: May, 2014: Part 1, Cities are made of homes

1 July, 2014 (10:52) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Detroit, Eviction, Hamden, Homelessness, Homeownership, New Haven, New York City, Rent control, San Francisco, Sunset law, Urban homesteading, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Apr 14, Mar 14, Feb 14, Jan 14]  By: David A. Smith Cities are made out of homes, and homes are made by homeowners. When there is a dearth of homeowners, the price of homes drops, and the city’s society hollows out as fast as does its economy, making […]

Sunset scarcity: Part 2, Sunset the sunset law

6 May, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Density, Development, Housing, Land use, NIMBY, Rent control, San Francisco, Sunset law, US News, Verticality, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post, starting from a straightforward article in Business Insider (April 8, 2014), introduced us to yet another aspect of San Francisco’s dysfunctional housing ecosystem, namely its city-wide height restriction dubbed the ‘sunset law’ because it prohibits building anything tall enough to cast a shadow more […]

Sunset scarcity: Part 1, Sunshine on the sunset law

5 May, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Density, Development, High-rise, Housing, Land use, NIMBY, Rent control, San Francisco, Sunset law, US News, Verticality, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith Housing (both supply and demand) is an ecosystem, where everything influences everything else, and all independent actors (public or private) are always operating to maximize their own situation consistent with their ecosystemic constraints.  This approach makes our exploration of dysfunctional residential markets something of a recursive quest, for every time we […]

Month in Review: February, 2014: Part 1, Power corrupts

13 March, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Buses, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Infrastructure, Kenya, Kibera, Month in review, Nairobi, Redevelopment, San Francisco, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 14.] By:David A. Smith During February, I took the opportunity to spend eight parts taking to task a Boston Globe expose article, published at least five and probably ten years too late, of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s slow and effective conversion of the allegedly independent Boston Redevelopment […]