Category: Crime

Cosh and carry: Part 2, Money for the Einsteinian political economy

10 April, 2014 (15:13) | Banking, Bitcoin, cash, Crime, Economics, informality, Markets, Regulation, robbery, Taxation | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s post, using as source material two articles, one from the Economist (April 5, 2014), the other from the Wall Street Journal (March 27, 2014; green font), both commenting on a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, established that the rise of […]

Cosh and carry: Part 1, Money in the Newtonian political economy

10 April, 2014 (11:45) | Banking, Bitcoin, cash, Crime, Economics, informality, Markets, Regulation, robbery, Taxation | No comments

By: David A. Smith If you’re like most readers of this blog, in your wallet you carry both cash and credit cards – and over the years, your use of cash has dropped as your use of credit cards has risen, because they’re quicker and easier (swipe and go), self-replenishing (no more searching for an […]

The cost of vandalism

14 August, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Broken Windows theory, Cities, Crime, Security, vandalism |

By:David A. Smith   Boys will be boys, won’t they?  After all, they look so innocent – how much trouble could they get into?   What happened inside?   To judge by this Daily Mail (June 16, 2013) story, which splashed the story all over its pages, the amount is remarkable – virtually unbelievable if […]

Month in Review: March, 2013

17 May, 2013 (14:29) | Bankruptcy, Banks, Cities, Crime, Cyprus, Detroit, Euro, Land use, Month in review, New York City, Post Office, ratings agencies, Slums, Urbanization | 2 comments

By:David A. Smith   [Previous Months in Review available here: Feb 13, Jan 13, Dec 12, Nov 12, Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   During March, the Department of Justice sued Standard & Poor’s, an action that was five billion dollars’ worth of overdue, and included legislation with […]

Who grows there? Part 2, the community’s response

6 June, 2012 (16:07) | California, Crime, Entrepreneur, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, marijuana, Markets, occupancy, US News, Value Chain |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post smoked out the issue, latent in a New York Times story about marijuana grow houses, that illegal activity (even if it’s the most unassuming and seemingly peaceful) is a community risk, and one that proliferates when communities decline and are riddled with vacant […]