Category: Urbanization

Month in review, November 2014: Part 2, More Property, More Piracy?

24 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Amnesty, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Dormitories, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Informality, Month in review, Piracy, Pirates, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Pirates don’t like being the captive instead of the captor Yesterday’s Part 1 covering half of November’s posts explored how growth of the world’s population brings growth to people’s built environment and the infrastructure (including intangible infrastructure like laws and zoning), systems, and networks (including utilities), […]

Month in Review, November 2014: Part 1, More people, more property

23 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Amnesty, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Dormitories, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Informality, Month in review, Piracy, Pirates, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith As long as the world keeps making more people, the world needs more houses, and for there to be more houses, they must be developed, permitted, and physically located somewhere, and it was a principal topic of November’s short list of long posts (three, six, and six parts), starting with new […]

Buying optionality, or Is there life after death?

22 December, 2014 (09:00) | Atlantic City, Carl Icahn, Casinos, Cities, Development, Donald Trump, Economics, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Fair market value, Gambling, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Markets, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Vera Coking | No comments

By: David A. Smith Backing up the claim? Vera Coking’s boarding house, pre-demolition A few months ago, in August, I wrote at length (You have the right to remain: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7) about the end of Vera Coking’s ownership of her decaying and […]

One man’s windfall is another man’s score: Part 11, “I think most people will tell you yes.”

16 December, 2014 (09:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Co-ops, Democracy, Housing, Markets, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Privatization, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 10 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9.] By: David A. Smith As our survey of Southbridge Towers’ impending privatization reaches its conclusion, we can come back to the most basic question of all: 3.H. Whose […]

One man’s windfall is another man’s score: Part 10, “Extremely unlikely…but it’s budgeted for”

15 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Co-ops, Democracy, Housing, Markets, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Ownership, Privatization, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from Friday’s Part 9 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.] By: David A. Smith Friday’s Part 9 nearly completed our review of the public-policy implications of a Southbridge Towers privatization in the changing demographics now (slow income concentration) and after privatization […]