Category: Urban issues

Month in review, January 2015: Part 2, Hello to the future

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

[Continued from Friday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Although half of January’s post concerned themselves with the unhappy past, the other half looked at the emerging, even disrupted, future, starting with the visible-yet-covert dissolution of urban zoning by Airbnb and its local ‘hosts,’ who are multiplying invisibly, as revealed in Aiding and a-bedding? Part 1, […]

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 […]

Aiding and a-bedding? Part 4, In an hour, you won’t want them to

23 January, 2015 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Cities, Global news, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Markets, New York City, Paris, Rental, Speculation, Urban issues, US News, Zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Jack Bellicec: What are you talking about? A space flower? Nancy Bellicec: Well why not a space flower? Why do we always expect metal ships? Jack Bellicec: I’ve never expected metal ships. Invasion of the Body Snatchers Arriving […]

Aiding and a-bedding? Part 3, Being spied on

22 January, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Cities, Global news, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Markets, New York City, Paris, Rental, Speculation, Urban issues, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Dr. David Kibner: Elizabeth, could you please tell me, in your opinion, what is going on? Elizabeth Driscoll: People are being duplicated. And once it happens to you, you’re part of this… thing. It almost happened to me! Invasion of the […]

Aiding and a-bedding? Part 2, No one is complying

21 January, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Cities, Global news, Hotels, Housing, Innovations, Markets, New York City, Paris, Rental, Speculation, Urban issues, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith You’re next!  You’re next! Running man: [panicked shouting] Help! They’re coming! They’re coming! Elizabeth Driscoll: Maybe we should help him. Running man: Help! Help! They’re coming! They’re coming! Listen to me! Listen! Invasion of the Body Snatchers In yesterday’s Part 1, the invaders had arrived; starting […]