Category: Urbanization

Month in review, January 2015: Part 2, Hello to the future

2 March, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Detroit, Golf, Green space, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Pensions, Public employees, Speculation, Transportation, Urban issues, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from Friday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Although half of January’s post concerned themselves with the unhappy past, the other half looked at the emerging, even disrupted, future, starting with the visible-yet-covert dissolution of urban zoning by Airbnb and its local ‘hosts,’ who are multiplying invisibly, as revealed in Aiding and a-bedding? Part 1, […]

Month in Review, January, 2015: Part 1, Goodbye to the past

27 February, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Detroit, Golf, Green space, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Pensions, Public employees, Speculation, Transportation, Urban issues, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith A new year means a new beginning and new resolutions, and 2015’s first post completed the story of Detroit’s financial death-and-rebirth through bankruptcy, though to hear the New York Times tell it, Detroit’s recovery would be A fleeting miracle? Part 2, As long as the city recovers: Public-employee pension funds are […]

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 6, The idiot and the child

2 February, 2015 (10:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from Friday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   By: David A. Smith Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. John Updike Rabbit, putt Now, after five shots, […]

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 5, Play like a gentleman, and win

30 January, 2015 (10:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By: David A. Smith The object of golf is not just to win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win. Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson winning the Masters In Part 4 of our six-shot hole on golf, we […]

Golf and the romance of pre-urbanized society: Part 4, Total consciousness

29 January, 2015 (09:00) | Belmont, Golf, Green space, Housing, Land use, Leisure, Milton, Open space, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Transportation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith I’m not feeling very well – I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course. Groucho Marx Dino, Der Bingle, and Groucho on the course In yesterday’s Part 3, we laid up and approached the curious paradoxes […]