Category: Workforce housing

May the (work) force be with you: Part 3, Fearful bigots oppose extraordinary gift

12 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, California, Development, Elderly, George Lucas, Housing, NIMBY, Workforce housing, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As established in yesterday’s Part 2, George Lucas’s ‘neighbors’ (term used in its geographical sense, not in any sense of sociability) had thwarted his original plans to develop a sophisticated and jobs-creating film studio on his property, and then exhausted his […]

May the (work) force be with you: Part 2, Facing death by delay

11 May, 2015 (15:05) | Affordable Housing, California, Development, Elderly, George Lucas, Housing, NIMBY, Workforce housing, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s Part 1, property owner George Lucas, like his contemporary Steve Jobs, had discovered that in California, no matter what a rich owner wants to do with his property, the neighbors will come out in force to oppose it: Don’t bring your affordable housing here […]

May the (work) force be with you: Part 1, Resurrected a defunct homeowners’ association

8 May, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, California, Development, Elderly, George Lucas, Housing, NIMBY, Workforce housing, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Three years ago, when George Lucas first proposed building affordable housing on the property he’d owned for a third of a century and been thwarted for a fifth of a century in developing into a studio campus, most people though he was simply being vengeful, though my own post, Revenge of […]

Renter nation: Part 3, homes must revive as a consumption asset

11 April, 2012 (09:09) | Apartments, Configuration, Demographics, Economics, Families, Homeownership, Housing, Markets, Rental, Tenure, US News, Workforce housing |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In the preceding two parts, expanded at length from Derek Thompson’s excellent essay in The Atlantic (February 29, 2012), we’ve proven that for newly formed families and Millennial couples, homeownership is no longer a reliable investment asset, and further that […]

Renter nation: Part 2, homes are always a family-formation asset

10 April, 2012 (10:47) | Apartments, Configuration, Demographics, Economics, Families, Homeownership, Housing, Markets, Rental, Tenure, US News, Workforce housing |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using Derek Thompson’s excellent essay in The Atlantic (February 29, 2012), demonstrated that for the generation of Americans on whom we rely to buy homes, they are no longer a reliable investment asset – and will not be for any foreseeable future, because […]