Category: Urban renewal

In Jeddah

6 June, 2016 (09:13) | Housing, informal communties, Jeddah, Rental, Saudi Arabia, teaching, Urban renewal, Urbanization | No comments

 By: David A. Smith   Al-Balad, the old city of Jeddah   I haven’t posted for more than a week because it’s been an incredibly busy week; first with speaking at the World Bank’s 7th Global Housing Finance Summit in Washington DC, where I talked about taking housing finance and housing affordability down the income […]

Sprouting innovation: Part 3, Grow and garden

8 January, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Co-housing, Co-working, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Leases, Markets, Property management, Rental, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established in the preceding two parts of this post, which takes as its point of departure an intelligently curious report by Alana Semuels in The Atlantic (6 November 2015) about the novel co-living/ co-working concept being developed by two entrepreneurs […]

Sprouting innovation: Part 2, Choose the right ground

7 January, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Co-housing, Co-working, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Leases, Markets, Property management, Rental, Urban renewal, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1, exploring the novel concept of co-living atop co-working in downtown Syracuse, New York, using as source material an intriguing first-person report (she even took the article’s photographs) from Alana Semuels in The Atlantic (6 November 2015), presented the developers’ vision of people living […]

Sprouting innovation: Part 1, Choose the right seed

6 January, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Co-housing, Co-working, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Leases, Markets, Property management, Rental, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith In innovation, for every success there must be a hundred failures, as everyone from Archimedes to Thomas Edison must periodically remind himself.  Failing with purpose is part of the job description – and that in turn means giving oneself permission to fail, permission to look foolish, permission to do what in […]

Still blighted after all these years? Part 3, Open to change … just down the road

8 October, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Chapter 121A, Cities, Eminent domain, Housing, Kelo vs. New London, Land use, Urban renewal, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] As explored in yesterday’s Part 2, after Marty Walsh became Boston’s mayor in 2014, succeeding Tom Menino, who over the course of two decades had made his own both the corner office in City Hall and the BRA as an instrument […]