Category: Homeownership

The wrong symbol, the wrong story: Part 3, From Washington to Mount Holly

12 March, 2014 (09:00) | Civil Rights, Discrimination, Economic development, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Eviction, Fair Housing, Homeownership, Inclusionary zoning, Law, mixed-income housing, Supreme Court, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw in Part 2, after the Justice Department had Emily Litella-ed on defending its ‘disparate impact’ settlement cudgel in the St. Paul case, the focus of legal symbologists shifted to Mount Holly, New Jersey, where what had been a […]

The wrong symbol, the wrong story: Part 2, From St. Paul to Washington

11 March, 2014 (09:00) | Civil Rights, Discrimination, Economic development, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Eviction, Fair Housing, Homeownership, Inclusionary zoning, Law, mixed-income housing, Supreme Court, US News | No comments

  [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In yesterday’s Part 1, the story of Mount Holly Gardens, which ought to have been another in the line of important cases on the limitations of eminent domain for economic development (ED4ED), had become redefined as a symbol of the Administration’s deployment of its […]

The wrong symbol, the wrong story: Part 1, From Mount Holly to St. Paul

10 March, 2014 (13:36) | Civil Rights, Discrimination, Economic development, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Eviction, Fair Housing, Homeownership, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Law, Supreme Court, US News | No comments

By:David A. Smith   For a case to reach the Supreme Court, it must involve a big principle of Constitutional law and there must be some jurisprudence along the litigation trail to suggest current precedents are in conflict with one another.    [New York City involuntary landlord James Harmon didn't have conflicting jurisprudence – however […]

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 […]