Category: Democracy

Opting out of micro-government: Part 9, Fewer in numbers all the time

7 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 8 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.] Before I sleep – Robert Frost By: David A. Smith As we’ve seen in these leisurely ramble through the north Maine woods, for a town to deorganize is no easy matter.  Sources […]

Opting out of micro-government: Part 8, Parent choice is a misunderstanding

4 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] And miles to go – Robert Frost By: David A. Smith Closing down a town, as we saw in yesterday’s post following Cary Plantation, Maine, is a more complicated business than it might seem, […]

Opting out of micro-government: Part 7, Often in a nearby district

3 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] But I have promises to keep – Robert Frost By: David A. Smith First and foremost, as we saw yesterday, a town’s deorganization is an economic decision made after demographic forces have atrophied the town’s population […]

Opting out of micro-government: Part 6, Abandonment of town structure

2 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] To ask if there is some mistake.   – Robert Frost By: David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s Part 5, the decision of a town to deorganize – in effect, to subsume itself back into a larger […]

Opting out of micro-government: Part 5, This time they have the votes

1 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith Between the woods and frozen lake – Robert Frost In the earlier parts of this rural-pace-of-life post about the deorganization of towns in forested northern Maine, I covered the forces that build up a political-economic gravity […]