Category: Urbanization

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 | No comments

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 | No comments

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 | No comments

  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 | No comments

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 […]

Stupid is as stupid zones: Part 5, Pointlessly empty parcels

22 March, 2017 (09:00) | 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, and Part 4.]   Here as I take my solitary rounds, Amidst thy tangling walks, and ruined grounds, And, many a year elapsed, return to view Where once the cottage stood, the hawthorn grew, The Deserted Village (1770), Oliver […]