Category: Disasters

Relief precludes recovery

28 December, 2012 (10:00) | Cities, Disasters, New Orleans, Redevelopment, relief, Slums, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Relief is a noble endeavor.  Recovery is a slow and difficult process.  So at any given moment, relief seems the kinder thing to do – and yet, by its well-intended support, relief precludes recovery and in that preclusion extends the economic depression.  That’s my takeaway, anyhow, from this AP story reprinted […]

Being vouchered off the island? Part 4, the tribe has spoken

10 August, 2012 (10:05) | Cities, Disasters, elections, Galveston, HUD, Local issues, NIMBY, portability, Public housing, Regulation, Section 8, Subsidy, US News, Vouchers | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By:David A. Smith   As the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Ike approached, with the Galveston Housing Authority having decided to partner with a private developer (McCormack Baron) to rebuild a brand-new HOPE VI development on the site where stood four public housing […]

Being vouchered off the island? Part 3, tribal council

9 August, 2012 (10:05) | Cities, Disasters, elections, Galveston, HUD, Local issues, NIMBY, portability, Public housing, Regulation, Section 8, Subsidy, US News, Vouchers |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By:David A. Smith   As we saw in Part 1 and Part 2, three and a half years after Hurricane Ike totaled four Galveston public housing properties, only forty homes had been rebuilt, and the housing authority had given up on two issues.    Family […]

Being vouchered off the island? Part 2, immunity idol

8 August, 2012 (09:57) | Cities, Disasters, elections, Galveston, HUD, Local issues, NIMBY, portability, Public housing, Regulation, Section 8, Subsidy, US News, Vouchers |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, looking at Galveston’s fight over whether to rebuild its Ike-totaled public housing or to convert to mixed-income or even to potable vouchers, looked back a year, to when the Galveston Housing Authority gave up trying to be its own redeveloper and formed a […]

Being vouchered off the island? Part 1, stranded

7 August, 2012 (09:48) | Cities, Disasters, elections, Galveston, HUD, Local issues, NIMBY, portability, Public housing, Regulation, Section 8, Subsidy, US News, Vouchers |

By:David A. Smith     By rights, the sandbar we now call the island of Galveston, Texas, has no business existing as a city.  Like Venice’s Lido, New York’s Fire Island, Holland’s Zeeland, and the North Carolina Outer Banks, it’s merely a long drift of granules temporarily perched above sea level.   What the ocean […]