Category: Disaster relief

This land is whose land? Part 1, No permanent houses

23 January, 2014 (15:22) | Disaster relief, Disaster risk, Eminent domain, Housing, Informality, Land use, Philippines, Politics, Relief, Squatting, Tacloban |

  By:David A. Smith Though a catastrophe can be a chance to start fresh, the destruction of physical habitat does not wipe out the legal habitat, nor the economic or power structures, and all these render the business of redevelopment enormously complicated, as profiled in this downbeat article from the New York Times (December 14, […]

Who built their houses on the sand: Part 2, public interest

24 December, 2013 (09:00) | Beaches, Climate change, Disaster relief, Disaster risk, Housing, Infrastructure, Local issues, Private property, Property rights, Sand, US News | 2 comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By:David A. Smith   As we saw in yesterday’s post, using a crisis-presuming Boston Globe (December 15, 2013)  article, if a beach needs to be built up to protect houses built right along the shoreline, whose responsibility is that? “It’s called the sand wars,’’ said S. Jeffress Williams, a coastal […]

Holdouts, free riders, and property rights: Part 4, I don’t like to sound like a tough guy

31 October, 2013 (09:00) | Community action, Disaster relief, Easement, Eminent domain, Free-rider problem, Housing, Hurricanes, Infrastructure, Insurance, New Jersey, Property rights, Water |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   The threat of storm surge overrunning beach houses, described in the preceding parts of this post based on an article from the New York Times (September 5, 2013), so motivated most of the shoreline owners that they mounted all […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 3, abuse

21 November, 2012 (12:13) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Nonprofits, Theory, Urban renewal, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Now, after two days of demolishing the reputation of Wyclef Jean’s charity, Yele, using evidence presented in an exhaustive article in New York Times (October 11, 2012), the Times reporter settles down to presenting the material for a corruption indictment: […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 2, fraud

20 November, 2012 (09:30) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Nonprofits, Theory, Urban renewal, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

[Continued from yesterday”s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post used a thorough and heartbreaking article in New York Times (October 11, 2012) to introduce Wyclef Jean’s now-defunct charity, Yele, and showed how it was part and parcel of a life story he was weaving in which heroic young Wyclef makes a success […]