Category: San Francisco

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 authorities, San Francisco, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning | No comments

[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 […]

Month in Review, October 2013: Part 2, Government actions versus market reactions

22 November, 2013 (12:58) | Airbnb, Cities, Cyprus, easement, Eurozone, Homelessness, Hotels, marijuana, New York City, Portland, Rental, San Francisco, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Sept 13,  Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, in cities the micro hits the macro all the time, because each of us operates independently, and […]

Month in Review, October 2013: Part 1, Private rights versus public rights

21 November, 2013 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, Cyprus, easement, Eurozone, Homelessness, Hotels, marijuana, New York City, Portland, Rental, San Francisco, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Sept 13, Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   By:David A. Smith   ‘Constructive and destructive tensions’ might have been the theme of October’s posts, and indeed that is a rising theme of all these posts.  At the heart of […]

Invisible private infrastructure: Part 2, Young and educated and millionaires

15 October, 2013 (12:30) | Buses, Commuting, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, Markets, Privatization, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Transportation, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, designer Eric Rodenbeck’s lovely and insightful map showing the private commuting infrastructure network set up by Silicon Valley’s tech giants, featured in Wired (September 6, 2013), has revealed a phenomenon – reverse commuting powered by employer-assisted mass transit – that he […]

Invisible private infrastructure: Part 1, Techy progeny launched

11 October, 2013 (12:17) | Buses, Commuting, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, Markets, Privatization, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Transportation, Urbanization, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Architect and designer Eric Rodenbeck is a clever fellow, for as demonstrated in a recent article in Wired (September 6, 2013), he hit upon the novel idea of mapping San Francisco’s corporate shuttle buses as if they were a public bus network, and from that graphic he drew quite a set […]