Category: Building Codes

Nearer my God to thee

26 December, 2013 (09:00) | Building Codes, churches, Configuration, Housing, informality, Local issues, structural risks, trees, wood | 2 comments

By:David A. Smith   Something about houses speaks to primal instincts within people, especially men, for many of the great obsessive builders have been men, to which list we must add the otherwise personable and rational Horace Burgess of Crossville, Tennessee, whose quest for the heavens, one plank at a time, as reported in the […]

The buck stops nowhere: Part 2, Nothing happened, nothing changed

6 November, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Building Codes, Enforcement, Housing, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Receivership, Rental, warrant of habitability |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using as source material the New York Daily News (October 31, 2013), New York Daily News (November 1, 2013; blue font), and New York Daily News (September 2, 2013; red font), vented my outrage at the irresponsible, incompetent, and unaccountable New York City […]

The buck stops nowhere: Part 1, She buried the transfer

4 November, 2013 (16:21) | Apartments, Building Codes, Enforcement, Housing, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Receivership, Rental, warrant of habitability |

By:David A. Smith   That’s understatement, you know   Outrage felt translates so poorly into analytical writing that readers are encouraged to supply their own expostulations as you follow this hard-to-believe tale of a public housing authority that is negligent and incompetent in everything except political arrogance, as reported in the populist’s bulldog newspaper, the […]

Month in Review, September 2013: Part 2, the community

4 November, 2013 (13:57) | Airbnb, Apartments, Architecture, Boston, Building Codes, Chicago, China, Detroit, Hotels, Housing, Leases, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, US News |

­­Month in Review, September 2013: Part 2, the community   [Previous Months in Review available here: Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13,  May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13]   By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Second prize, two terms as mayor of Boston   As we saw […]

Month in Review, September 2013: Part 1, the individual

1 November, 2013 (11:44) | Airbnb, Apartments, Architecture, Boston, Building Codes, Chicago, China, Detroit, Hotels, Housing, Leases, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, US News |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13,  May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13]   By:David A. Smith   The alleged reader?   As the Great Recession gives away to the Alleged Recovery, so many of the stories about which I’ve posted have wobbled between hope (innovation […]