Category: Washington D.C.

Affordability for whom?

8 July, 2010 (13:40) | Affordability, Condominiums, Inclusionary zoning, Policy, Regulation, Theory, Washington D.C. |

By: David A. Smith   Prone to exaggeration, we human beings glibly toss around exaggerated and dramatized terms like ‘perpetuity,’ which in Congressional parlance means ‘until we change our minds.’    Hey, my situation changed   Prone to rationalizations, we humans believe in redistribution when we are the net recipient, and property rights when we […]

Preaching the gospel of water infrastructure: Part 2, the unbelievers

6 April, 2010 (09:22) | Cities, Infrastructure, Washington D.C., Water & sanitation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   Thus far, our post about George Hawkins and the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, using as our text an update New York Times profile, has followed the happy warrior on his rounds:   How do you like me now? George Hawkins, from […]

Preaching the gospel of water infrastructure: Part 1, the prophet

5 April, 2010 (11:06) | Cities, Infrastructure, Washington D.C., Water & sanitation |

By: David A. Smith   Reading a recent New York Times profile of a prophet without funding in his own district, one cannot but like the director of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, George Hawkins:   How do you like me now? George Hawkins, from his personal blog   “This is a […]