Category: Affordability

Month in Review, December 2014: Part 3, The right to be wrong

9 February, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Bankruptcy, Casinos, Cemetery, Cities, Detroit, Development, Eminent domain, Environmental, Eurozone, Land use, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Privatization, Switzerland, US News, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from Friday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] Though a cemetery, as profiled in yesterday’s summary of December, is real estate used by and for the dead, and before there is a cemetery, there can also be a property that is used by no one, because those who would have […]

Month in Review, December 2014: Part 2, Tell it to the woodchucks

6 February, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Bankruptcy, Casinos, Cemetery, Cities, Detroit, Development, Eminent domain, Environmental, Eurozone, Land use, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Privatization, Switzerland, US News, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from Wednesday’s Part 1.] So substantive was December’s eleven-part post on the pending privatization (resident right-to-buy action) of Southbridge Towers that not only did it take up half the month’s posting, my excerpted month-in-review summary spilled over from Wednesday’s Part 1, as in four more parts I brought the story up to […]

Month in Review, December 2014: Part 1, Hit pause on reality

4 February, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Bankruptcy, Casinos, Cemetery, Cities, Co-ops, Detroit, Development, Eminent domain, Environmental, Eurozone, Land use, Mitchell-Lama, New York, Privatization, Switzerland, US News, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Compared with all the generations that came before us, we today live in a world of unprecedented rate of change, both in dimensions – technology, medicine/ biology, war/conflict, and human society/ moral values – and in speed.  To survive and orient within this continuous shock of the new, we have learned […]

One man’s windfall is another man’s score: Part 11, “I think most people will tell you yes.”

16 December, 2014 (09:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Co-ops, Democracy, Housing, Markets, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Privatization, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 10 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9.] By: David A. Smith As our survey of Southbridge Towers’ impending privatization reaches its conclusion, we can come back to the most basic question of all: 3.H. Whose […]

One man’s windfall is another man’s score: Part 10, “Extremely unlikely…but it’s budgeted for”

15 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Co-ops, Democracy, Housing, Markets, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Ownership, Privatization, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from Friday’s Part 9 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.] By: David A. Smith Friday’s Part 9 nearly completed our review of the public-policy implications of a Southbridge Towers privatization in the changing demographics now (slow income concentration) and after privatization […]