Category: Speculation

Month in Review, January, 2015: Part 1, Goodbye to the past

27 February, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Detroit, Golf, Green space, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Pensions, Public employees, Speculation, Transportation, Urban issues, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith A new year means a new beginning and new resolutions, and 2015’s first post completed the story of Detroit’s financial death-and-rebirth through bankruptcy, though to hear the New York Times tell it, Detroit’s recovery would be A fleeting miracle? Part 2, As long as the city recovers: Public-employee pension funds are […]

The Law of Committee-Action Tardiness

13 February, 2015 (10:00) | Capital control, Capital markets, Committees, Global news, Government, Regulation, Speculation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith When it comes to analyzing government actions, we make too much of politics or partisanship and far too little of organizational behavior, which unlike politics can not only explain many decisions that would otherwise be incomprehensible but also guide our creativity in designing and implementing policies and programs. Time for the […]

Live-in safety-deposit boxes

10 February, 2015 (09:00) | Apartments, Banking, Global news, Housing, Innovations, Investment, Markets, New York City, Property rights, Speculation | No comments

By: David A. Smith Neil McCauley: A guy told me one time, “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.” Now, if you’re on me and you gotta move when I move, how do you expect […]

Just WHO has a problem here?

5 February, 2015 (09:28) | Banking, Bankruptcy, Bonds, Capital markets, Euro, Eurozone, Global news, Greece, Grexit, Guarantees, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Syriza | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Interrupting Month in Review, December for some current and topical news – Ed.] Nick Fury: No matter who wins or loses, trouble always comes around… The Avengers, Age of Ultron Here comes trouble As Tony Stark’s creation Ultron said, just before he launched all-out war on humanity, “Everyone creates the thing […]

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 6, The idiot and the child

2 February, 2015 (10:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from Friday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   By: David A. Smith Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. John Updike Rabbit, putt Now, after five shots, […]