Category: Urbanization

The democratic revolution that wasn’t

26 December, 2017 (09:00) | Communism, History, Incentives, Investment, Land, Lenin, Markets, property, Russia, Stolypin, Urbanization | 1 comment

  By: David A. Smith   If you want to transform humanity for the better, to turn almost beasts into humans, give them land and you will reach your goal. Fyodor Dostoyevsky   Pyotr Stolypin, about the age I was when I bought Massie’s biography   Back in 1969, when I was fifteen and spending […]

Moving in on the ground floor: Part 2, What will appear

12 April, 2017 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Apartments, Cities, Housing, Land use, New York City, Retail, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   In Monday’s Part 1 of this (thankfully, only) two-part post, using as our seed an article from Crain’s New York (January 29, 2017), as supplemented by a serendipitous piece in Crain’s New York (April 9, 2017; burnt orange font), we saw that I pronounced […]

Moving in on the ground floor: Part 1, What will disappear

10 April, 2017 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Apartments, Cities, Housing, Land use, New York City, Retail, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   The narrower your tunnel vision, the more you fear what’s outside your perception cone:   The truth is out there   Add to that the scattered nature of news and the journalist’s hunger for topical stories with a human face, and what gets published can be expected to spotlight the […]

Stupid is as stupid zones: Part 7, As anyone who has flown over it

4 April, 2017 (08:30) | Density, Exclusion, Housing, Land use, Local Government, London, Los Angeles, NIMBY, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

  By: David A. Smith [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay: The Deserted Village (1770), Oliver Goldsmith   As we’ve seen in a post scarcely shorter than a […]

Stupid is as stupid zones: Part 6, The vociferist’s veto

3 April, 2017 (08:30) | Density, Exclusion, Housing, Land use, Local Government, London, Los Angeles, NIMBY, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   Ye friends to truth, ye statesmen who survey The rich man’s joys encrease, the poor’s decay, ‘Tis yours to judge, how wide the limits stand Between a splendid and a happy land. The Deserted […]