Category: Historic renovation

Condemnation by imputation: Part 1, Shakedown Street?

23 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Blight, Crime, Development, Discrimination, Eminent domain, Historic renovation, Housing, Income mixing, Kansas City, Section 8, Urban renewal |

By: David A. Smith Nothin’ shakin’ on Shakedown Street. Used to be the heart of town. – Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street When it comes to flimsy cases to justify the state’s using judicial or police power to intimidate and punish private owners, I thought I’d seen everything – what with National City’s ‘lower-value use equals […]

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, […]