Category: Development

Condemnation by imputation: Part 1, Shakedown Street?

23 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Blight, Crime, Development, Discrimination, Eminent domain, Historic renovation, Housing, Income mixing, Kansas City, Section 8, urban, Urban Renewal | No comments

By: David A. Smith Nothin’ shakin’ on Shakedown Street. Used to be the heart of town. – Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street When it comes to flimsy cases to justify the state’s using judicial or police power to intimidate and punish private owners, I thought I’d seen everything – what with National City’s ‘lower-value use equals […]

History of a plot: Part 6, You can’t go home again

22 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and  Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt.  – Phaedrus. As we’ve seen in the preceding parts, once the Puerto Ricans had been cleared out of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area […]

History of a plot: Part 5, it’s not gentrification if it’s we who gentrify

18 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3] By: David A. Smith When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story. – Charles Baxter By the early 1990s, as we saw in the preceding Part 3, the SPURA site’s development standoff had defeated three […]

History of a plot: Part 3, Code words for ‘those people’

16 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Manhattan, New York, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In order to have a plot, you have to have a conflict; something bad has to happen. – Mike Judge. As we saw in Part 1 and Part 2, The Lower East Side of Manhattan was a crucible of the changes sweeping […]

History of a plot: Part 2, Crossing Delancey

15 April, 2014 (01:12) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire. – Christopher Lehmann-Haupt Yesterday’s Part 1 introduced us to William Rapfogel, protege of both Sheldon Silver (Assemblyman from the Lower East Side, and long-serving Speaker of the New York Assembly) and Ed Koch (mayor from 1978 […]