Category: Disaster recovery

This land is whose land? Part 3, Erected by the uncle’s representatives

27 January, 2014 (09:00) | Disaster recovery, Disaster risk, Eminent domain, Housing, Informality, Land use, Philippines, Politics, Relief, Squatting, Tacloban |

     [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding  Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we’ve seen in the two preceding parts, inspired by a reportorial New York Times (December 14, 2013) article and a more investigative piece from Quartz, November 21, 2013; blue font), has shown that demolished Tacloban, Philippines, is both […]

This land is whose land? Part 2, You can’t imagine a more vulnerable area

24 January, 2014 (09:00) | Disaster recovery, Disaster risk, Eminent domain, Housing, Informality, Land use, Philippines, Politics, Relief, Squatting, Tacloban |

  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By:David A. Smith Yesterday’s post, using a pair of articles, from the New York Times (December 14, 2013) and with greater insightful from Quartz, November 21, 2013; blue font), brought us to unhappy Tacloban, Philippines, where after Typhoon Haiyan the globe’s immediate response has been the admirable humanitarian desire […]

Vampire Sandy

28 November, 2012 (15:40) | Cities, Disaster recovery, Environmental, EPA, Housing, Law, Litigation, New York City, Sandy, Torts, US News, Vampires |

By:David A. Smith   When a crypt floods, the rising water floats its coffins, so that when it is reopened, they appear to have been flung about by vampires.   I sure hope it wasn’t toxic waste   Long ago, I learned that when it comes to environmental hazards, the best policy is laissez faire […]