Category: Zoning

Stupid is as stupid zones: Part 5, Pointlessly empty parcels

22 March, 2017 (09:00) | Density, Exclusion, Housing, Land use, Local Government, London, Los Angeles, NIMBY, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]   Here as I take my solitary rounds, Amidst thy tangling walks, and ruined grounds, And, many a year elapsed, return to view Where once the cottage stood, the hawthorn grew, The Deserted Village (1770), Oliver […]

Stupid is as stupid zones: Part 4, Almost half the average renter’s income

21 March, 2017 (09:00) | Density, Exclusion, Housing, Land use, Local Government, London, Los Angeles, NIMBY, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   The man of wealth and pride Takes up a space that many poor supplied; The robe that wraps his limbs in silken sloth, Has robbed the neighbouring fields of half their growth; The Deserted Village (1770), Oliver Goldsmith […]

Stupid is as stupid zones: Part 3, Other than pestilence or a crime wave

20 March, 2017 (09:00) | Density, Exclusion, Housing, Land use, Local Government, London, Los Angeles, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   A time there was, ere England’s griefs began, When every rood of ground maintained its man; But times are altered; trade’s unfeeling train Usurp the land and dispossess the swain; Along the lawn, where scattered hamlets rose, Unwieldy wealth and […]

Stupid is as stupid zones: Part 2, 99% of the campaign contributions

14 March, 2017 (09:00) | Density, Exclusion, Housing, Land use, Local Government, London, Los Angeles, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yes! let the rich deride, the proud disdain, These simple blessings of the lowly train; The Deserted Village (1770), Oliver Goldsmith   Meet your Zoning Board of Appeals   Monday’s post [See ‘Latest pathetic attempt’ inset box below – Ed.] launching a multi-part […]

Stupid is as stupid zones: Part 1, Shudder at Manhattanization

13 March, 2017 (09:00) | Density, Exclusion, Housing, Land use, Local Government, London, Los Angeles, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   These were thy charms—But all these charms are fled. Sweet smiling village, loveliest of the lawn, Thy sports are fled, and all thy charms withdrawn; Amidst thy bowers the tyrant’s hand is seen, And desolation saddens all thy green: The Deserted Village (1770), Oliver Goldsmith   Evidently all those […]