Category: Theory

And if requiring fail? Part 2, is stronger than its execution

21 March, 2014 (09:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, de Blasio, Development, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, New York City, Theory, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday we saw that during his populist redistributionist campaign,  now-mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio claimed he would be able to produce 50,000 affordable apartments, basically for free (i.e. no taxpayer money), through enactment of mandatory inclusionary zoning.  He based this boast on […]

And if requiring fail? Part 1, The threat

20 March, 2014 (10:56) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, de Blasio, Development, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, New York City, Theory, US News | No comments

By:David A. Smith   As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration starts with a bang (such as his assault on charter schools) and aggressively reversal of many Bloombergian policies (such as stop-and-frisk, which seemed sensible to me), what will he do with housing?   I’m only listening to you until the cameras go […]

Zeno’s Public-Consultation Paradox: Part 2, No matter how much time you allow

19 March, 2014 (09:00) | Brazil, bureaucracy, Government, Infrastructure, Olympics, public choice theory, relocation, Rio de Janeiro, Theory, urban development | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post meta-illustrated Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox – you might have thought I could cover the topic in one day’s posting, but I ran over to two, even though I was working with a short story on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition (February 27, 2014).: […]

Zeno’s Public-Consultation Paradox: Part 1, Longer than the time available

18 March, 2014 (13:24) | Brazil, bureaucracy, Government, Infrastructure, Olympics, public choice theory, relocation, Rio de Janeiro, Theory, urban redevelopment | No comments

By:David A. Smith   Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox   All public-consultation processes take longer than the time available, even when you take into consideration Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox.   Surely Achilles can catch the tortoise Just as surely, Rio can relocate slum dwellers without resorting to forcible eviction   Sometimes no evil intent is required […]

Sub-cities? Part 3, A hollow urban core

3 January, 2014 (09:00) | business improvement district, Chicago, Cities, Innovations, Municipal Finance, Neighborhood, RDAs, Speculation, Theory, TIF, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   By now, carefully dismantling Aaron M. Renn’sinformative jeremiad inCity Journal (October 16, 2013), we’ve established that TIFs are used to fund particular bits of civic infrastructure, often with a private partner as principal developer, that would not be funded otherwise out […]