Category: Disaster response

Month in Review, December, 2012: Part 2, Globalized failures

8 February, 2013 (09:00) | Bankruptcy, Boston, CalPERS, Disaster response, Economics, Euro, Global news, Month in review, New York City, Proposition 13, Real estate taxes, Relief, San Bernardino, Slums, Speculation |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Nov 12, Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   In yesterday’s Part 1 of our economically grim December, we followed localized failures in Boston and New York City to the ultimate in personal […]

Month in Review, December, 2012: Part 1, Localized failures

7 February, 2013 (12:33) | Bankruptcy, Boston, CalPERS, Disaster response, Economics, Euro, Global news, Month in review, New York City, Proposition 13, Real estate taxes, Relief, San Bernardino, Slums, Speculation |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Nov 12, Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   Housing issues – and this is a housing blog, remember [Who are you reminding – yourself? – Ed.] are inherently place-based, so it’s appropriate to start our review of the […]

Criminal incompetence: Part 3, the community network’s success

19 December, 2012 (10:00) | Bloomberg, Community networks, Disaster response, Disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental, Torts, US News |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   After two days of posting demonstrating the utter failure of NYCHA’s command-and-control ass-and-elbows approach to crisis management, reported by the New York Times (December 10, 2012), there is a bright story about community networks, self-organized and almost spontaneously evolving, as […]

Criminal incompetence: Part 2, the City of New York’s failures

18 December, 2012 (10:00) | Bloomberg, Community networks, Disaster response, Disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Ten days after superstorm Sandy, as we saw in yesterday’s post, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was claiming, as reported in this exhaustive New York Times (December 10, 2012) chronicle, that all of NYCHA’s public housing properties would have power within a few days:   […]

Criminal incompetence: Part 1, NYCHA’s failures

17 December, 2012 (18:15) | Bloomberg, Community networks, Disaster response, Disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental, Torts, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Before the Federal government bestows untold billions on New York City for its recovery from Sandy, should it not ask if New York City is deserving of such bounty?    Volunteers deliver food and inquire about specific needs among residents of the Red Hook Houses on November 16, nearly three weeks […]