Category: Economic development

The wrong symbol, the wrong story: Part 3, From Washington to Mount Holly

12 March, 2014 (09:00) | Civil Rights, Discrimination, Economic development, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Eviction, Fair Housing, Homeownership, Inclusionary zoning, Law, Mixed-income housing, Supreme Court, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw in Part 2, after the Justice Department had Emily Litella-ed on defending its ‘disparate impact’ settlement cudgel in the St. Paul case, the focus of legal symbologists shifted to Mount Holly, New Jersey, where what had been a […]

The wrong symbol, the wrong story: Part 2, From St. Paul to Washington

11 March, 2014 (09:00) | Civil Rights, Discrimination, Economic development, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Eviction, Fair Housing, Homeownership, Inclusionary zoning, Law, Mixed-income housing, Supreme Court, US News |

  [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In yesterday’s Part 1, the story of Mount Holly Gardens, which ought to have been another in the line of important cases on the limitations of eminent domain for economic development (ED4ED), had become redefined as a symbol of the Administration’s deployment of its […]

The wrong symbol, the wrong story: Part 1, From Mount Holly to St. Paul

10 March, 2014 (13:36) | Civil Rights, Discrimination, Economic development, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Eviction, Fair Housing, Homeownership, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Law, Supreme Court, US News |

By:David A. Smith   For a case to reach the Supreme Court, it must involve a big principle of Constitutional law and there must be some jurisprudence along the litigation trail to suggest current precedents are in conflict with one another.    [New York City involuntary landlord James Harmon didn't have conflicting jurisprudence – however […]

Cargo cult architecture: Part 2, The unbuilt reality

8 November, 2013 (09:00) | Architecture, Calatrava, Cities, Construction, Economic development, Economics, Infrastructure, Leaks, Liability, Municipal finance, New York City, Spain, Valencia |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post introduced architect Santiago Calatrava’s ever-more-costly port authority train station intended to undergird the rebuilt World Trade Center site, using a New York Times (September 25, 2013) takedown of Mr. Calatrava’s imperious disregard for physics, engineering, climate, and people – in favor, it must […]

Economic nitrogen fixing: Part 2, add organic fertilizer

22 April, 2011 (09:43) | Cities, Economic development, Economics, Eminent domain, Markets, Slums, Theory, US News | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, riffing on a terrific multi-part post from Jim Capraro of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, demonstrated that, just as poor soils that cannot fix nitrogen into the earth, some neighborhoods are poor because they cannot capture and retain capital from outside […]