Category: Zaatari

Month in Review: May, 2015

26 June, 2015 (10:00) | Blogs, Boston, CalPERS, England, Essential posts, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, NIMBY, Parking, Stockton, United Kingdom, Workforce housing, Zaatari |

By: David A. Smith There’s never a straight man in Monty Python — even if one character appears relatively sane, that illusion will shortly be upended.  Too much bull? Similarly, voters in England who might reject the Monster Raving Loony Party could have hoped that among the remainder – Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats – there […]

Month in Review: July, 2013: Part 2, Cities are what make nations:

9 August, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, California, China, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Mobile homes, Rent control, San Francisco, Speculation, Stockton, Tiny tower, Urbanization, US News, Zaatari | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   [Previous Months in Review available here: June 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   Even as the growth and quality of housing is what defines a city’s growth and quality, a city can so take its housing for granted that it […]

Month in Review: July, 2013: Part 1, Housing is what makes cities

8 August, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, California, China, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Mobile homes, Rent control, San Francisco, Speculation, Stockton, Tiny tower, Urbanization, US News, Zaatari |

By:David A. Smith   [Previous Months in Review available here: June 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   Housing is what makes cities, and cities are what make nations, and in July I looked at four cities across the full range from ideal  to all-too-real, starting with the i-city that I […]

The instant unloved city

31 July, 2013 (12:09) | Charities, Cities, Development finance agencies, Housing, Infrastructure, Jordan, Syria, Urbanization, Zaatari | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   No one loves the world’s fastest growing city.  No one wants it to be where it is, and everyone wishes it did not exist.  But as reported in the Daily Mail Online (July 20, 2013), Zaatari exists, the world’s fastest growing city at least for the time being, and everyone’s willful […]