Category: Housing

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 4, A union of illegal house owners

2 May, 2016 (10:00) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By: David A. Smith   Yesterday’s Part 3 of this saga, taking as its embarkation point an article from Reuters (18 October 2015) supplemented by a precursor piece from 2½ years earlier (New York Times, 26 May 2013; sepia font), demonstrated […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 3, Remarkably at ease with a level of irregularity

29 April, 2016 (10:00) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As we’ve seen in the two previous books in this Iliad of land disputation, using as primary source material an article from Reuters (18 October 2015) supplemented by a precursor piece from 2½ years earlier (New York Times, 26 […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 2, What is forest, what is a house?

28 April, 2016 (09:16) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith     Yesterday’s Part 1 on Greece’s Sisyphean labors of creating a proper land cadaster, the better to privatize state-owned assets, revealed that despite what would ordinarily be presumed a massive head start, somehow Greece is failing to do what the wayward Albanians have virtually […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 1, Typically Greek, delayed

27 April, 2016 (09:56) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title | No comments

By: David A. Smith   To understand what he thinks, you must understand how he is wired   While Europe’s chattering classes concern themselves with this year’s Euro-bad-boy (Britain) who might actually think itself sovereign and vote to leave the club, from their minds has faded the memory of last year’s bad boy (Greece), now […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 6, Nervous of big land reform

26 April, 2016 (09:31) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, 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   As we’ve seen in previous parts of this post, if Chongqing’s ongoing experiment in urban economic democratization is not reversed or stopped – and as reported in a solid article in Economist […]