Category: United Kingdom

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 […]

This green and empty land: Part 1, And was Jerusalem builded here?

5 February, 2014 (09:01) | Apartments, Development, England, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Law, Politics, United Kingdom, Urbanization, Zoning |

  By:David A. Smith   And was Jerusalem builded here Among these dark satanic mills?   Wisdom is welcome, however late it arrives – though when it comes to this Economist editorial (January 11, 2014; green font) on zoning and residential development, paired with an Economist (January 11, 2014) news article, one wonders what took […]