Category: Urban renewal

The first housing commissioner: Part 1, “Poverty, depravity, avarice and inhumanity”

5 December, 2016 (09:00) | Affordability, Ellen Axson Wilson, Eminent domain, George M. Sternberg, Housing, Slums, Theodore Roosevelt, Urban renewal, Urbanization, Washington Sanitary Housing Company, Woodrow Wilson | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   From a single thread can unravel a whole epic story to an unexpected hero.     Sources used in this post   The History and Development of the Housing Movement in the City of Washington, DC, by George M. Kober, 1907 (lavender font) Letter to Committee on District of […]

Boojum: Yes, that’ll really help

18 October, 2016 (09:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Cities, Government, Housing, Redevelopment, Urban renewal | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   When Marty Walsh was elected mayor of Boston over 1,000 days ago, he called the BRA a mess; said he would conduct a search for a new executive director; commissioned audits and reports; received a scathing, irrefutably documented McKinsey operational review of a deeply dysfunctional agency; said he intended […]

In Jeddah

6 June, 2016 (09:13) | Housing, informal communties, Jeddah, Rental, Saudi Arabia, teaching, Urban renewal, Urbanization |

 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 […]