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Nobody’s on the fence: Part 3, future

27 September, 2012 (09:50) | Communities, Fences, Housing, Local issues, Neighborhood, New Haven, Politics, Public housing, Security |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In the two posts preceding this one, we’ve dealt with New Haven, Connecticut’s desire, called to my attention by dedicated reader Matthew Healy using a New Haven Register (September 6) story, about a fence that kept the residents of a […]

Nobody’s on the fence: Part 2, present

26 September, 2012 (09:50) | Communities, Fences, Housing, Local issues, Neighborhood, New Haven, Politics, Public housing, Security |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, inspired by faithful reader Matthew Healy, brought us a New Haven Register (September 6) story about a contentious fence, that New Haven, CT wants its neighbor Hamden to take down.    Hamden– The fence along Woodin Avenue in Hamden dividing New Haven and […]

Nobody’s on the fence: Part 1, past

25 September, 2012 (10:05) | Communities, Fences, Housing, Local issues, Neighborhood, New Haven, Politics, Public housing, Security | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Fences (and walls) not only divide, they also separate.    The New Haven side of the fence marks the back yard of Ribicoff Cottages part of the public assisted housing at Brookside.   People use them to keep things out:   The walls of Avila People use them to keep things […]

Just outrunning the currency bears

24 September, 2012 (11:56) | Capital markets, Currency rates, Global news, Markets, Speculation, US News |

By:David A. Smith   “When an observed event is inexplicable, you are missing an element of the cause.” – Sherlock Holmes, housing consultant   I have published a small monograph on the capital markets   By most standards, the American dollar ought to be no currency to buy.  Interest rates remain at minuscule levels in […]

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 3, formalize informality

21 September, 2012 (10:00) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing finance, Informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As I had shown so far in my fifteen minute talk at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC (here’s the full presentation, link in pdf), informality is the norm in rapidly growing global-south cities.  So […]