Category: Zoning

Month in Review, August, 2016: Part 2, The arc of economic conformity

22 November, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, as-of-right zoning, Development, Eurozone, Housing, Innovations, Italy, kayfabe, Speculation, work-live housing, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]     Yes, I read the Economist   So late am I in writing the periodic Month-in-Review retrospectives [Sorry, readers – Ed.], and so rapidly has our politics moved in the last few months, that it seems another century when the British vote for […]

Month in Review, August, 2016: Part 1, The arc of zoning

21 November, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, as-of-right zoning, Development, Eurozone, Housing, Innovations, Italy, kayfabe, Speculation, work-live housing, Zoning, zoning-by-taste-police, ZTP | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   When the history of the twentieth century is written, a chapter should be devoted to zoning.  The two-dimensional version was invented in the century’s first decade, and now a hundred years later, zoning in the urban context is so anachronistic as to be dysfunctional, as illustrated by three posts […]

Zoning’s fifth column

26 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Innovations, Law, New York City, Policy, Technology, US News, Zoning |

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 |

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 |

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) […]