Category: Venice

Month in Review, February, 2016: Part 2, The macro of money

22 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Chicago, China, Cities, Housing, Maine, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Rental, Tiny houses, Venice |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] As we saw yesterday with both the tiny house and the tiny rent-controlled apartment, ecosystems are more complex than they appear on the surface – – and when a half a trillion paper butterflies flap their wings to escape its financial regime, the consequences are felt […]

Month in Review, February, 2016: Part 1, The micro of people

21 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Chicago, China, Cities, Housing, Maine, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Rental, Tiny houses, Venice |

By: David A. Smith So bound up is housing in our conception of ourselves – perhaps it has to do with the trust we place in our space when we close our eyes for unconscious sleep – that inevitably we claim ownership and dominion over those sleeping surroundings, and see in them both expressions of […]

The tenant of Venice: Part 2, You take my house

23 February, 2016 (10:00) | Airbnb, Amnesty, Apartments, Building Codes, Game Theory, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Prisoner's Dilemma, Regulation, Rent control, US News, Venice, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] You take my house when you do take the prop That doth sustain my house; you take my life When you do take the means whereby I live. – The Merchant of Venice In yesterday’s post, following a Los Angeles Times (January 2, 2016) article entirely […]

The tenant of Venice: Part 1, I crave the law

22 February, 2016 (10:00) | Airbnb, Amnesty, Apartments, Building Codes, Game Theory, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Prisoner's Dilemma, Regulation, Rent control, Rental, US News, Venice, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith Though justice be thy plea, consider this, That, in the course of justice, none of us Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy. – The Merchant of Venice In pickup basketball, you call your own fouls. […]