Category: Apartments

Month in review: May, 2014: Part 2, Homes are made into cities

2 July, 2014 (12:41) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Detroit, Eviction, Hamden, Homelessness, homeownership, New Haven, New York City, Rent control, San Francisco, Sunset law, Urban homesteading, zoning | No comments

[Previous Months in Review available here: Apr 14, Mar 14, Feb 14, Jan 14] [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw yesterday, during May I focused on US cities – Detroit, New Haven, San Francisco – whose urban policy regarding newcomers is as a seesaw to their economic prospects: the […]

Month in review: May, 2014: Part 1, Cities are made of homes

1 July, 2014 (10:52) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Detroit, Eviction, Hamden, Homelessness, homeownership, New Haven, New York City, Rent control, San Francisco, Sunset law, Urban homesteading, zoning | No comments

[Previous Months in Review available here: Apr 14, Mar 14, Feb 14, Jan 14]  By: David A. Smith Cities are made out of homes, and homes are made by homeowners. When there is a dearth of homeowners, the price of homes drops, and the city’s society hollows out as fast as does its economy, making […]

NYCHA’s criminal negligence: Part 2, the wrongful-death claim

17 June, 2014 (10:56) | Apartments, de Blasio, monitoring, NYCHA, public housing, rental, security, stop-and-frisk | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]  By:David A. Smith Yesterday’s post reported on three stabbings and two deaths, 7-year-old Mikayla Capers, 6-year-old Prince Joshua Avitto, and 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland was also stabbed to death only a few blocks away.   Sources used for this post New York Times (September 29, 2013; violet font): New York Daily […]

NYCHA’s criminal negligence: Part 1, the leadership failures

16 June, 2014 (10:07) | Apartments, Bloomberg, criminal negligence, de Blasio, monitoring, NYCHA, public housing, rental, security, stop-and-frisk, wrongful death | No comments

By:David A. Smith  On June 1, 2014, two little children, 7-year-old Mikayla Capers and 6-year-old Prince Joshua Avitto, were viciously and repeatedly stabbed in a NYCHA property elevator; two days earlier, 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland was also stabbed to death only a few blocks away. As the New York Times (June 2, 2014; blue font) reported: […]

Urbanization, meet displacement?

13 June, 2014 (11:54) | Apartments, Australia, China, foreign investment, global news, homeownership, housing, markets, urbanization | No comments

By: David A. Smith  Trust the BBC, in a story filed on BBC New (March 5, 2014), to find the dark lining inside the silver cloud, in this case the rapid rise in housing prices in Australia’s destination cities, Sydney and Melbourne. Australians priced out of housing, report says How many Chinese investors do you […]