Category: Housing

Condemnation by imputation: Part 2, You tell me this town ain’t got no heart

24 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Blight, Crime, Development, Discrimination, Eminent domain, historic rehab, Housing, Income mixing, Kansas City, Real estate taxes, Section 8, Urban Renewal | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith You tell me this town ain’t got no heart. Well, well, well, you can never tell. The sunny side of the street is dark. Well, well, well, you can never tell. – Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street Yesterday’s post opened the story of three properties along Armour […]

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, Urban Renewal | No comments

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 […]

History of a plot: Part 6, You can’t go home again

22 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and  Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt.  – Phaedrus. As we’ve seen in the preceding parts, once the Puerto Ricans had been cleared out of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area […]

History of a plot: Part 5, it’s not gentrification if it’s we who gentrify

18 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Development, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3] By: David A. Smith When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story. – Charles Baxter By the early 1990s, as we saw in the preceding Part 3, the SPURA site’s development standoff had defeated three […]

History of a plot: Part 4, Housing for whom?

17 April, 2014 (07:47) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, community groups, Corruption, Housing, Income mixing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, NIMBYism, Non-Profits, Politics, poverty concentration, Public housing, Sheldon Silver, William Rapfogel, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith The king died, and then the queen dies is a story.  The king died, and then the queen died of grief, is a plot.  – E. M. Forster As we’ve seen in the three parts up to now, the site […]