Category: San Francisco

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 […]

Month in Review, March, 2016: Part 1, Two tales of two cities

23 May, 2016 (08:38) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Democracy, Global news, Government, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith Before human beings had nations, cities were the dominant political unit, and it was through cities that momentous change came to the world – so we say Athens and think philosophy, Rome and empire, Florence and the Renaissance.    Inventing a Renaissance within the city’s walls   Because cities are defined […]

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 […]