Category: Zoning

Zoning’s fifth column

26 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Innovations, Law, New York City, Policy, Technology, US News, Zoning | No comments

As my four columns of troops approach the city, a fifth column of people inside the city will support us and undermine the government from within. General Emilio Mola, advancing on Madrid, 1936 (paraphrased from Wikipedia)   By: David A. Smith   According to Gordon Gekko’s reading of Sun Tzu, every battle is won before […]

Zoning by the Taste Police: Part 7, Good and bad, I define these terms

18 August, 2016 (09:00) | Apartments, ARZ, as-of-right zoning, Cities, Density, Development, Essential posts, Housing, Manhattan, New York City, San Francisco, struldbrug buildings, Taste police, Urbanization, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   Let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late. – Bob Dylan, 1968   By now it’s apparent from the previous six parts of this post (especially the […]

Zoning by the Taste Police: Part 6, Can’t just wish those pressures away

17 August, 2016 (09:00) | Apartments, ARZ, as-of-right zoning, Cities, Density, Development, Essential posts, Housing, Manhattan, New York City, San Francisco, struldbrug buildings, Taste police, Urbanization, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   Sources used in this post   The New York Times (February 29, 2016; dark green font) The New York Times (May 20, 2016; black font) Boston Globe (July 24, 2016; brown font) […]

Zoning by the Taste Police: Part 5, From 24 apartments to just eight

16 August, 2016 (09:00) | Apartments, ARZ, as-of-right zoning, Cities, Density, Development, Essential posts, Housing, Manhattan, New York City, San Francisco, struldbrug buildings, Taste police, Urbanization, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   Good intentions can be evil, both hands are full of grease. You know, sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace. – Bob Dylan, 1983   As we’ve seen in earlier parts of […]

Zoning by the Taste Police: Part 4, Beloved in many skyscrapers

15 August, 2016 (09:00) | Apartments, ARZ, as-of-right zoning, Cities, Density, Development, Essential posts, Housing, Manhattan, New York City, struldbrug buildings, Taste police, Urbanization, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   People don’t do what they believe in, they just do what’s most convenient, then they repent. – Bob Dylan, 1986   As established in yesterday’s Part 3, whereas As-of-Right Zoning (ARZ) operates with a small […]