Category: Theory

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 3a, The abbey and its revenue model

27 June, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | No comments

 [Continued from last week’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1]   By: David A. Smith   As we saw in the preceding Part 2, after the demise of the Roman fort model of new-town establishment came the era of the fortified castle, where a single compound served as capital city, market nexus, cultural center, […]

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 2, The medieval castle

22 June, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | No comments

 [Continued from Monday’s Part 1]   By: David A. Smith   [Apologia to readers: having spent five of the last seven weeks out of town, I exhausted my inventory of blog posts and am slowly rebuilding it as I unbury my desk.  Reliable daily service will resume shortly.  Thanks for your patience!  – Ed.]   […]

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 1, The Roman fort

20 June, 2016 (08:53) | Abbeys, castles, Cities, Employer-assisted, History, Housing, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | 1 comment

 By: David A. Smith   Spend two and a half weeks in Scotland looking at centuries-old ruins, and a person obsessed with housing and urbanization inevitably organizes what into a Grand Theory of Pre-Municipal Cities that encompasses four typologies.   Compared with rural living (the farmstead), a village, a suburb, or even a town, a […]

The fall of China Mae: Part 3, Everybody laughs at the official statistics

10 March, 2016 (10:00) | Capital markets, China, Cities, Finance, Global news, Housing, Municipal finance, Speculation, Statistics, Theory, Urbanization | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] “FTZs create corporate black boxes through which the anointed may flow money in and out of China.”  – Anne Stevenson-Yang, Research Director. Financial Times. September 26, 2014. Starting from the presumption that one knows nothing about China has proven to be a […]

The fall of China Mae: Part 2, Data disappears when it becomes negative

9 March, 2016 (10:00) | Capital markets, China, Cities, Finance, Global news, Housing, Municipal finance, Speculation, Statistics, Theory, Urbanization |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] “The Chinese government wants you to “buy high, hold indefinitely’” … or else – Anne Stevenson-Yang in Barron’s on September 5, 2015. So facile are human minds that when confronted with a ‘nuclear fact’ – one that entirely disrupts the previous world-view – we can go […]