Category: United Kingdom

Month in Review: May, 2015

26 June, 2015 (10:00) | Blogs, Boston, CalPERS, England, Essential posts, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, NIMBY, Parking, Stockton, United Kingdom, Workforce housing, Zaatari |

By: David A. Smith There’s never a straight man in Monty Python — even if one character appears relatively sane, that illusion will shortly be upended.  Too much bull? Similarly, voters in England who might reject the Monster Raving Loony Party could have hoped that among the remainder – Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats – there […]

Month in Review: February, 2014: Part 2, Power to the people?

14 March, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Buses, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Infrastructure, Kenya, Kibera, Month in review, Nairobi, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 14.]   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith     Many of my posts deal with the interface between essential dualities: formal versus informal, complexity versus scale, government versus markets, property versus capital, control versus chaos.  While some posts start at the macro and work […]

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, San Francisco, Spain, United Kingdom, Zoning |

[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 Boston Redevelopment […]

This green and empty land: Part 3, Till we have built the homes we need

7 February, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Development, England, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Law, Politics, United Kingdom, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Till we have built Jerusalem In England’s green and pleasant land.   After having surveyed England’s land-use and anti-development policies and finding, via a post-revelation Economist editorial (January 11, 2014; green font) and the accompanying Economist (January 11, 2014) article, the […]

This green and empty land: Part 2, I will not cease from building fight

6 February, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Development, England, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Law, Politics, United Kingdom, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   I will not cease from building fight, Nor shall my writs sleep in my hand,   Yesterday’s post, using a come-to-Jesus Economist editorial (January 11, 2014; green font) and the accompanying Economist (January 11, 2014) article on Britain’s nosebleed house prices as a consequence of […]