Category: Disaster risk

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 […]

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 […]

Who built their houses on the sand: Part 1, private property

23 December, 2013 (11:41) | Beaches, Climate change, Disaster risk, Housing, Infrastructure, Local issues, Private property, Property rights, Sand, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Between public land and private property, the boundary shifts like the sands, and though we think the division immutable and clear, it is often clogged with political and moral grit, as uncovered if not understood by the Boston Globe (December 15, 2013):   Large waves crashed over sand barriers, destroying the […]