Category: Urbanization

Month in Review: June 2014: Part 1, The challenges of existing housing

31 July, 2014 (09:40) | Austin, TX, Detroit, Flagstaff, Local issues, mayors, Mobile homes, month-in-review, Municipal bankruptcy, municipal budgets, New Haven, New York City, NYCHA, Politics, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Student housing, Urbanization, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith In a century of cities, so much to do with housing happens not at the national level but in the city, and yet I was surprised to discover that every June post focused on a municipal-level issue, even if some of them are exemplars of global trends. Sir, sir, they’re just […]

The guru’s daydreams: Part 2, Reinventing the past

30 July, 2014 (10:00) | Cities, Configuration, Density, Housing, Innovations, Markets, Speculation, Technology, Urbanization, ViaTechnik | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As ViaTechnik, which asked me for an email interview (published on ViaTechnik’s blog; July 9, 2014), is primarily a technology and design firm, their initial questions dealt mainly with housing’s and cities’ future: The future begins tomorrow! Problem: People are creating new family units and the […]

After release from Coventry: Part 2, On a proper submission

10 July, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Cities, Density, Development, Don Chiofaro, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s post, using an article from the Boston Globe (June 25, 2014), the new Walsh Administration has taken a strikingly different approach to real estate development than did the Menino administrative dictatorship, and while so far all the moves are symbolic, they suggest […]

After release from Coventry: Part 1, Not worthy the cognizance

9 July, 2014 (10:25) | Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Cities, Density, Development, Don Chiofaro, High-rise, Housing, Land use economics, Local issues, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By:David A. Smith To have been sent to Coventry is regarded as to be absent. It is often used to punish people. – Wikipedia As new Boston mayor Marty Walsh sets his imprint on Boston’s governance, the city’s real estate development must be and is a centerpiece of his emerging policy, as reported in the […]

Elevators, the vertical utility: Part 7, Impact on the future city

9 April, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, buildings, Cities, Development, elevators, Employment, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, mores, Transportation, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Concluded from yesterday's  Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By:David A. Smith People recognize me, but they don’t know where from. Today I was in the elevator and somebody asked me if I worked for his company. – Michael Ian Black After six previous parts, we’ve reached […]