Category: Zoning

No new housing, no new jobs

18 August, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Cities, Development, Development economics, Economic development, Essential posts, Housing, London, Supply, Theory, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Want more jobs in your community?  Add more affordable housing. That’s not just logic, it’s also supported by evidence, and reported in The Economist (July 19, 2015): Since the financial crisis, sagging productivity growth has given politicians and economists alike sleepless nights.  In America productivity has risen by just 9% since […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 3, Going through all the drama

21 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Over the sterile roads and the streets beyond – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) Our three-part journey into the etiquette, legality, and urban planning inherent in on-street parking of densely populated residential area, using as our seed an aren’t-people-piggy? oriented article in the […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 2, An hour to find a space

20 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Out of the City Point streets, the musical shuttle, – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, so long as the personal vehicle is an affordable mode of transportation, people want them, but even though we value the convenience of our own car, […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 1, It’s yours for a couple of days

19 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith I demand … parking Out of the parking endlessly circling, – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) As we humans are easily enslaved by our metal overlords, we gradually internalize our masters’ needs – their room for living space, their restless urge to roam, and their need for curbside access, as reported unsympathetically in […]

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 |

[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 […]