Category: Building Codes

The tenant of Venice: Part 2, You take my house

23 February, 2016 (10:00) | Airbnb, Amnesty, Apartments, Building Codes, Game Theory, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Prisoner's Dilemma, Regulation, Rent control, US News, Venice, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] You take my house when you do take the prop That doth sustain my house; you take my life When you do take the means whereby I live. – The Merchant of Venice In yesterday’s post, following a Los Angeles Times (January 2, 2016) article entirely […]

The tenant of Venice: Part 1, I crave the law

22 February, 2016 (10:00) | Airbnb, Amnesty, Apartments, Building Codes, Game Theory, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Prisoner's Dilemma, Regulation, Rent control, Rental, US News, Venice, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith Though justice be thy plea, consider this, That, in the course of justice, none of us Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy. – The Merchant of Venice In pickup basketball, you call your own fouls. […]

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 […]