Category: England

This green and empty land: Part 3, Till we have built the homes we need

7 February, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Development, England, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Law, Politics, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Till we have built Jerusalem In England’s green and pleasant land.   After having surveyed England’s land-use and anti-development policies and finding, via a post-revelation Economist editorial (January 11, 2014; green font) and the accompanying Economist (January 11, 2014) article, the […]

This green and empty land: Part 2, I will not cease from building fight

6 February, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Development, England, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Law, Politics, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   I will not cease from building fight, Nor shall my writs sleep in my hand,   Yesterday’s post, using a come-to-Jesus Economist editorial (January 11, 2014; green font) and the accompanying Economist (January 11, 2014) article on Britain’s nosebleed house prices as a consequence of […]

This green and empty land: Part 1, And was Jerusalem builded here?

5 February, 2014 (09:01) | Apartments, Development, England, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Law, Politics, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, Urbanization, Zoning |

  By:David A. Smith   And was Jerusalem builded here Among these dark satanic mills?   Wisdom is welcome, however late it arrives – though when it comes to this Economist editorial (January 11, 2014; green font) on zoning and residential development, paired with an Economist (January 11, 2014) news article, one wonders what took […]

Able was I ere I bought Elba

24 June, 2011 (14:44) | Adaptive reuse, Configuration, England, Historic renovation, Housing, Humor, Innovations, Napolean, Odd houses, Tenure |

By: David A. Smith   A man’s – or woman’s – home being his castle, the owner may beautify it first and fortify it second, or the other way round and that, as Jonathan Glancey of The Guardian reported, leads to extremes of adaptive reuse, especially if one is repurposing one of the most durable, […]

The mythic mists of ‘clear title’

9 February, 2011 (17:57) | England, History, Land use, Real estate taxes, Title |

By: David A. Smith   A title deed is supposed to list every encumbrance, obligation, or restriction on a piece of property.   What if it doesn’t?   An ancient law allowed neighbor Andrew Wallbank to be billed for repairs at St. John the Baptist church.   What if, somewhere back in the mists of […]