Category: Cleveland

Month in Review, November 2011

10 February, 2012 (09:05) | Admin, Apartments, Bankruptcy, China, Cities, Cleveland, Global news, Month in review, Obituary, Speculation, Urban renewal |

  [Previous Months in Review available here: Oct 11, Sep 11, Aug 11, Jul 11, Jun 11, May 11, Apr 11, Mar 11, Feb 11, Jan 11]    By:David A. Smith   Even paranoiacs have enemies, though   In November I indulged in a flight of fancy that, since I’m still alive, must have been […]

The un-building of un-growing cities: Part 3, reusing the components

11 November, 2011 (09:00) | Cities, Cleveland, Demolition, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, Innovations, Litigation, Rehab, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post reviewing a well-done and movingly photographed Washington Postarticle about the un-building of Cleveland brought the properties from dereliction to foreclosure and donation – but all that accomplishes is changing the ownership, and the ultimate value is created […]

The un-building of un-growing cities: Part 2, revisioning the demolished

10 November, 2011 (10:41) | Cities, Cleveland, Demolition, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, Innovations, Litigation, Rehab, US News | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   Yesterday we saw that, from a thoughtful if downbeat Washington Postarticle, in the un-growing city of Cleveland, some homes and streets and neighborhoods need to be un-built, which can be accelerated by fines and tax liens.   And if you don’t comply with the […]

The un-building of un-growing cities: Part 1, condemning the unsalvageable

9 November, 2011 (11:47) | Cities, Cleveland, Demolition, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, Innovations, Litigation, Rehab, US News |

By: David A. Smith   Counterintuitive as it may seem, property can have negative value – yet when it does, by itself it does not vanish.    [Cleveland photographs from the Washington Post article – Ed.] Photo credits – Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post A house on Pontiac Street in the Cleveland area, […]

Shovel them under and let me work

5 August, 2011 (09:44) | Cleveland, Construction, Demographics, Detroit, Foreclosure, Markets, Supply, US News | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Pile the houses high in Chillicothe and Chicago. Shovel them under and let me work— I am the grass; I cover all.   Some cities need to un-grow.  Some neighborhoods need to un-develop.  Some towers need to un-rise.  And some houses need to be un-built, as revealed in this Bloomberg News […]