Category: Historic preservation

House and country? Part 1, Mystery

3 September, 2015 (09:50) | Apartments, Capital, Countries, Development, Economics, Global news, Historic preservation, Homeownership, Housing, Investment, London, Nations, Security, Speculation, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith London is to the billionaire as the jungles of Sumatra are to the orangutan. – London mayor Boris Johnson The story of a house is the story of time, and changing fortunes of people, places, cities and nations.  Though a country can be no smaller than a single demesne, a house […]

The beautiful and the damned

3 June, 2011 (15:55) | Cities, Development, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby, Historic preservation, Housing, Land use, New York, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Let me tell you about the very rich.  They are different from you and me.  They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult […]

Developing in fairyland

2 February, 2006 (12:50) | Historic preservation, Neighborhood |

In the continuing saga of developer against conservationist, from that ‘other’ Times across the pond …   Holmes and the Times’ agony column   … comes a tale worthy of J. R. R. Tolkien … or perhaps H. P. Lovecraft:   Fairies stop developers’ bulldozers in their tracks By Will Pavia and Chris Windle VILLAGERS […]

Struldbrug buildings

14 July, 2005 (09:19) | Development, Historic preservation, History, Use |

  One day, in much good company, I was asked by a person of quality, whether I had seen any of their struldbrugs, or immortals? Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, Chapter 26   To the transatlantic visitor (one from a land where a Greyhound Bus Terminal carries a proud plaque naming it a Certified Historic Structure), […]