Category: Harrisburg

Month in Review: June, 2013: Part 2, Global issues reflect local politics

2 August, 2013 (09:00) | Alleys, Bonds, Boston, Chelsea, Corruption, Fraud, Harrisburg, HUD, Mobile homes, Public housing, Tenth Amendment |

[Previous Months in Review available here: May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   By:David A. Smith   I’m corrupt, you’re failing, we’re codependent   As we saw yesterday, local governments offer fertile ground for patronage and corruption, and more distant supervisory governmental bodies may be no better at curtailing it.  Indeed, […]

Month in Review: June, 2013: Part 1, Local issues imply global principles

1 August, 2013 (10:03) | Alleys, Bonds, Boston, Chelsea, Corruption, Fraud, Harrisburg, HUD, Mobile homes, Public housing, Tenth Amendment |

[Previous Months in Review available here: May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   By:David A. Smith   The echoes reverberate as we climb slowly toward the light of wisdom   In complex systems, the micro and the macro echo each other, and I look for these connections as much as possible, […]

Month in Review: May, 2013, Part 2: the bad news

19 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Bonds, Boston, Building Codes, Chapter 93A, China, Consumer protection, Enforcement, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Harrisburg, Litigation, Month in review, Nonprofits, Pensions, Renovation, Spain, Student housing |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, May was a month with quite a bit of good news, though a misanthrope can find human behavior to mock even then, though genuine bitterness and anger are reserved for human folly that compounds human suffering, such as in the Eurozone.  […]

Month in Review: May, 2013, Part 1: the good news

18 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Bonds, Boston, Building Codes, Chapter 93A, China, Consumer protection, Enforcement, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Harrisburg, Litigation, Month in review, Nonprofits, Pensions, Renovation, Spain, Student housing |

By:David A. Smith   [Previous Month in Reviews available here: Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13]   Nobody knows the troubles we’ve seen   As America’s residential real estate market returns to normal, having passed the trough and slowly moving upward, once again appear the ‘equilibrium market’ stories of people who taken too […]

A Grand Unified Theory of municipal insolvency: Part 2, Headed for the brambles

5 June, 2013 (09:00) | Bonds, Cities, David Unkovic, Harrisburg, Infrastructure, Litigation, Loopholes, Markets, Municipal bankruptcy, Municipal finance, Rating agencies, SEC, Solid waste, US News |

  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1]   By:David A. Smith   If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull. – W. C. Fields  Yesterday’s post present part of former Harrisburg receiver David Unkovic’s extraordinary speech to a national symposium on Distressed Municipalities, in which he laid out clearly why he believes that […]