Category Archives for "Architecture"

Apr 15

Stupid Zoning Rules

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Here’s an excerpt from a book I wrote (Jenna’s Story, https://brucemfirestone.com/product/jennas-story/) in which Jenna McConnell launches into a diatribe on how stupid zoning regulations help the top .01% (which she calls “Big Mules” or “Equity Lords”) control almost all the levers of political and economic power. Jenna is from South Carolina and proudly speaks like […]

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Apr 15

Selling Towns Should not be a Swimsuit Competition

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Entrepreneurship , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

Look at the way this developer sells towns… see below. It’s more of a “swimsuit” competition rather than a value proposition. Key words: “limited” “priced low” “hardwood “ceramic.” #BigMistake IMHO They do OK on location but are missing out on any of these desirable characteristics: walkable, mixed-use, transit, nearby attractions, employment opportunities… which would help […]

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Apr 09

Who needs a basement or sideyard apartment or a backyard coach house?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Finance , Ideas , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

If you talk to many developers like I do, the answer to this question is often, “No one” or “Not many.” I disagree. Market segments which need the extra income or space include: -seniors who need extra income for their retirement-millennials who need extra income to help pay their mortgages -investors who need higher cap […]

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Apr 08

10 decisions that made Ottawa, Ottawa

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Entrepreneurship , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

Andrew Duffy writes that ten crucial events shaped my hometown of Ottawa; the work I did with my dedicated team at Terrace Investments Limited (the first part company of the Ottawa Senators and their home arena, Canadian Tire Centre) comes in at #9, https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ten-of-the-decisions-that-made-ottawa. Those ten fateful events? 1. To found Wright’s Town at Chaudière […]

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Mar 18

Sens founder Bruce M Firestone & OBJ publisher Michael Curran discuss the city of Ottawa’s new official plan

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Real Estate , Urban Economics

How can people from all sectors get involved in the city of Ottawa’s new official plan (OP)? Here are three ways: 1. answer a few poll questions (yet to be created) 2. attend a zoom townhall meeting on the subject (yet to be scheduled) 3. do a 1-on-1 zoom meetup with Firestone to talk about […]

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