Category: Governance

Scandals are what happen when we are busy making strategic plans

27 August, 2012 (09:36) | administration, Affordability, Boston Consulting Group, Governance, Housing, Management, MEEs, New York City, NYCHA, Property management, Public housing, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Readers expecting to read a continuation of our grand theory of Chinese urbanization will have to wait a few days, as we interrupt the series to catch up on timely news from New York and Boston.  Suppose for the moment that you woke up one morning and found yourself newly appointed […]

Slums are alternate power structures

12 January, 2011 (12:09) | Brazil, Global news, Governance, Police, Rio de Janeiro, Slums, Theory | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   Slums are a world of alternate power structures – and when alternative power is threatened, it does not go quietly, as featured in an AP story picked up by Google News:   Brazilian soldiers on patrol in Vila Cruzeiro   RIO DE JANEIRO (AP), November 27, 2010 — The drug […]

Rebuilding needs a solid foundation of governance: Part 4, the Tralfamadorian optimist

5 August, 2010 (10:20) | Disasters, Earthquake, Global news, Governance, Haiti, Law, Legislation and policy, Philanthropy, Property Rights, Theory | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   Ever since Haiti’s earthquake, I have tried to avert my gaze from it.  Like Kurt Vonnegut’s Tralfamadorians, I avoid thinking about tragedies past and focus on triumphs present and potentially future.  From the moment the first […]

Rebuilding needs a solid foundation of governance: Part 3, anti-corruption infrastructure

4 August, 2010 (10:09) | Disasters, Earthquake, Global news, Governance, Haiti, Law, Legislation and policy, Philanthropy, Property Rights, Theory | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   While reconstruction aid money for Haiti huddles in New York, and after $3.1 billion has already been spent just on humanitarian relief, as revealed in an MSNBC story highlighting Haiti’s lack of any preconditions for successful reconstruction, new communities […]

Rebuilding needs a solid foundation of governance: Part 2, rational land plan and land cadastre

3 August, 2010 (10:00) | Disasters, Earthquake, Global news, Governance, Haiti, Law, Legislation and policy, Philanthropy, Property Rights, Theory | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post, the first of a depressing and anger-inducing series on Haiti’s wasting reconstruction using an MSNBC story highlighting absence of improvement, laid out a seven-component recovery environment, with the seventh (financing) arising only when the governmental and financial ecosystem has the six Preconditions. […]