Category: Affordable Housing

The problem with rights: Part 5, Unequivocally tirelessly

23 June, 2017 (08:30) | Affordable Housing, Government, Homelessness, Housing, legal rights, Litigation, New York City, philosophy, rights, Subsidy, Supportive housing |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]   An infinity in a microscopic universe?   When Catholic philosophers from Thomas Aquinas onward speculated on how many angels could dance on the head of a pin, the question was not the absurdity our smug […]

The problem with rights: Part 4, Through four governors’ administrations

21 June, 2017 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Government, Homelessness, Housing, legal rights, Litigation, New York City, philosophy, rights, Subsidy, Supportive housing |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   As we saw in the earlier Parts 1, 2, and (fortunately archived so you can return to them and catch up; see apologetic note below), rights-based policy driven by a GAIA story (inset box) is an unfortunately all-too-natural […]

The problem with rights: Part 3, Once considered a promising alternative

7 June, 2017 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Government, Homelessness, Housing, legal rights, Litigation, New York City, Subsidy, Supportive housing |

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   So far, in exploring the problem of rights-based urban policy, we’ve seen that:   1.     The assertion of a right-based mandate (Part 1) is fraught with cost peril, because a journo-genic anecdote is blown up into a GAIA […]

The problem with rights: Part 2, There was no secret plan

5 June, 2017 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Government, Homelessness, Housing, legal rights, Litigation, New York City, Subsidy, Supportive housing |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from Part 1, posted back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.]     Explanation   The last four weekends in row were consumed with one or another AHI-related deadline assignment, and deadlines are the enemy of proper thoughtful blogging.  This weekend, finally, I have only half a deadline and can […]

The problem with rights: Part 1, Hard-fought recognition

22 May, 2017 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Government, Homelessness, Housing, legal rights, Litigation, New York City, Subsidy, Supportive housing |

By: David A. Smith Much is made of rights, and many are the rights we claim.      They are baked into the Declaration as inalienable; they are further expounded in the Bill of Rights; in the last decade they have become the lexicon of enforced tolerance; and for roughly three decades, the establishment (some […]