Category: work-live housing

Month in Review, August, 2016: Part 2, The arc of economic conformity

22 November, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, as-of-right zoning, Development, Eurozone, Housing, Innovations, Italy, kayfabe, Speculation, work-live housing, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]     Yes, I read the Economist   So late am I in writing the periodic Month-in-Review retrospectives [Sorry, readers – Ed.], and so rapidly has our politics moved in the last few months, that it seems another century when the British vote for […]

Month in Review, August, 2016: Part 1, The arc of zoning

21 November, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, as-of-right zoning, Development, Eurozone, Housing, Innovations, Italy, kayfabe, Speculation, work-live housing, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP |

  By: David A. Smith   When the history of the twentieth century is written, a chapter should be devoted to zoning.  The two-dimensional version was invented in the century’s first decade, and now a hundred years later, zoning in the urban context is so anachronistic as to be dysfunctional, as illustrated by three posts […]

Tintypes from the time before zoning: Part 3, An idea to be returned to circulation

9 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, US News, work-live housing, Zoning |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1]   In yesterday’s Part 2, on the evolution of urban work-live spaces such as a custodian’s apartments within a library, taking off from Cait Etherington’s light post in 6sqft (July 3, 2016),, we identified two forces that governed the […]

Tintypes from the time before zoning: Part 2, References in the archive

8 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, Technology, Urbanization, US News, work-live housing, Zoning |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Being at the top floor of the north wing, this hall was not in any real sense a hall at all, but was more in the nature of a loft. The only window was at its far end, and opposite the door through […]