Category: Water and sanitation

Urbanization’s side effects: Part 4, I hope so, anyway

25 June, 2015 (10:00) | Air pollution, Delhi, Evolution, Global news, Housing, India, Infrastructure, Markets, Slums, Traffic, Urbanization, Water and sanitation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Recommended treatment: Topical ointments of in-situ slum upgrading; anti-corruption boosters via self-help groups at regular intervals; regular political exercise via free and fair elections; fairly compensated expropriation with strong judicial scaffolding. As presented in a personal and moving […]

Urbanization’s side effects: Part 3, Irreversible lung damage from poisoned air

24 June, 2015 (10:00) | Air pollution, Delhi, Evolution, Global news, Housing, India, Infrastructure, Markets, Slums, Traffic, Urbanization, Water and sanitation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Symptoms: Air pollution, water pollution, painful crime nodes; traffic jams; periodic rashes of civil disturbance; splotches of substandard housing; construction cranes; prevalence of kickbacks. So unhealthy is the Delhi environment – especially the water and the air – that, as we […]

Urbanization’s side effects: Part 2, you should not raise children in Delhi

23 June, 2015 (10:00) | Air pollution, Delhi, Evolution, Global news, Housing, India, Infrastructure, Markets, Slums, Traffic, Urbanization, Water and sanitation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Side effects include: Overloaded infrastructure; proliferating informal settlements; emergence of alternate-power structures (cf. gangs); eruptions of verticality; dramatic adaptive reuse of existing structures; absentee landlords and rent-seekers; inter-tribal clashes. As we saw yesterday, working from Gardiner Harris’s farewell to Delhi in The New York Times (May […]

Urbanization’s side effects: Part 1, Air, water, food, and flies

22 June, 2015 (10:00) | Air pollution, Delhi, Evolution, Global news, Housing, India, Infrastructure, Markets, Slums, Traffic, Urbanization, Water and sanitation |

By: David A. Smith Urbanization: A condition of rapid expansion brought on by growth in previously undeveloped or latent economies, resulting in adolescent.  An adolescent phase of human society preceded by rural agricultural poverty and succeeded by a society that is economically and ecologically sustainable.  “Before you go home,” a World Bank executive resident in […]

Negotiating with the zombie

25 April, 2012 (13:08) | Bankruptcy, Birmingham, Infrastructure, Jefferson County, Municipal finance, Sewer systems, Sovereign bankruptcy, US News, Water and sanitation |

By: David A. Smith   Time to negotiate with the zombie?   Bankrupt county speaks with decaying tongue?   Instead of blasting its head off?   Do you feel … undead?   Except, quite possibly, you can’t – and if you can’t, then perhaps you’d better negotiate, as Jefferson County’s creditors are finding out in […]