Category: Eminent domain

Month in Review, December 2014: Part 3, The right to be wrong

9 February, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Bankruptcy, Casinos, Cemetery, Cities, Detroit, Development, Eminent domain, Environmental, Eurozone, Land use, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Privatization, Switzerland, US News, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from Friday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] Though a cemetery, as profiled in yesterday’s summary of December, is real estate used by and for the dead, and before there is a cemetery, there can also be a property that is used by no one, because those who would have […]

Month in Review, December 2014: Part 2, Tell it to the woodchucks

6 February, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Bankruptcy, Casinos, Cemetery, Cities, Detroit, Development, Eminent domain, Environmental, Eurozone, Land use, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Privatization, Switzerland, US News, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from Wednesday’s Part 1.] So substantive was December’s eleven-part post on the pending privatization (resident right-to-buy action) of Southbridge Towers that not only did it take up half the month’s posting, my excerpted month-in-review summary spilled over from Wednesday’s Part 1, as in four more parts I brought the story up to […]

Month in Review, December 2014: Part 1, Hit pause on reality

4 February, 2015 (10:00) | Affordability, Bankruptcy, Casinos, Cemetery, Cities, Co-ops, Detroit, Development, Eminent domain, Environmental, Eurozone, Land use, Mitchell-Lama, New York, Privatization, Switzerland, US News, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Compared with all the generations that came before us, we today live in a world of unprecedented rate of change, both in dimensions – technology, medicine/ biology, war/conflict, and human society/ moral values – and in speed.  To survive and orient within this continuous shock of the new, we have learned […]

Buying optionality, or Is there life after death?

22 December, 2014 (09:00) | Atlantic City, Carl Icahn, Casinos, Cities, Development, Donald Trump, Economics, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Fair market value, Gambling, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Markets, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Vera Coking |

By: David A. Smith Backing up the claim? Vera Coking’s boarding house, pre-demolition A few months ago, in August, I wrote at length (You have the right to remain: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7) about the end of Vera Coking’s ownership of her decaying and […]

Whose woods these are? I think I know: Part 6, And miles to go before I sleep

25 November, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Belmont, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Development, Eminent domain, Environmentalism, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Local issues, NIMBY, Protests, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Finally, in the story of the potential 298 apartments in Belmont, 60 of them affordable (at no cost to the Town of Belmont, mind you), we come to the (most recent) day of reckoning, […]