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 […]

The Battle of New New Orleans: Part 2, the war

1 March, 2007 (08:50) | Disaster recovery, Disaster response, New New Orleans, New Orleans |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Even as some Old New Orleanians want a house to come back to, others have come back … to a city different from the one they left.  Again the New York Times:   NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 15 — After nearly a decade in the city of their dreams, Kasandra […]

The Battle of New New Orleans: Part 1, the battle

28 February, 2007 (09:13) | Disaster recovery, Disaster response, New New Orleans, New Orleans |

The Battle of New Orleans, which propelled Andrew Jackson to the Presidency, in fact made no difference whatsoever to the War of 1812, as it was fought three weeks after the peace treaty had been signed. We took a little bacon and we took a little beans And we fought the bloody British in the […]