Category Archives for "Ideas"

May 05

How economic development is impacted by a city’s zoning and official plan

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

(A version of this article first appeared in OBJ, Ottawa Business Journal, An online poll is available for you to make your views known until May 31, 2019 here, Introduction Urban guru, the late Jane Jacobs had a theory—the closer government is to people, the more important it is to citizens and also […]

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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, 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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