Category: Infrastructure

Robinson Crusoe in Detroit: Part 3, We march out against the cannibals

21 May, 2014 (10:56) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Crime, Detroit, ED4ED, Finance, Homeownership, Housing, informality, Infrastructure, poletown, Renovation, Uncategorized, urban homesteading, Urban Renewal |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Halfway through our tale of urban Robinson Crusoe Drew Philip, whose journal of his modern economic plague years was published on Buzzfeed (January 9, 2014), he had bought his house (for $500 at auction) and was investing hours and days of his labor […]

Robinson Crusoe in Detroit: Part 2, I build my fortress

20 May, 2014 (10:33) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Crime, Detroit, ED4ED, Finance, Homeownership, Housing, informality, Infrastructure, poletown, Renovation, Uncategorized, urban homesteading, Urban Renewal |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s post, adapted from his Robinson-Crusoe-esque tale published on Buzzfeed (January 9, 2014), urban pioneer Drew Philip had decided to cast his lot with troubled Detroit, and was looking for a home to buy.  4. The risks of homesteading Poletown, before I-94, and before eminent domain […]

Robinson Crusoe in Detroit: Part 1, I go to sea

19 May, 2014 (10:30) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Crime, Detroit, ED4ED, Finance, Homeownership, Housing, informality, Infrastructure, poletown, Renovation, urban homesteading, Urban Renewal |

By: David A. Smith “I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country.” ― Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe Urban homesteader Drew Philip has written an engaging and inspiring story of his urban homesteading in a largely abandoned part of Detroit, published on Buzzfeed (January […]

Elevators, the vertical utility: Part 7, Impact on the future city

9 April, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, buildings, Cities, Development, elevators, Employment, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, mores, Transportation, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Concluded from yesterday's  Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By:David A. Smith People recognize me, but they don’t know where from. Today I was in the elevator and somebody asked me if I worked for his company. – Michael Ian Black After six previous parts, we’ve reached […]

Elevators, the vertical utility: Part 6, Impact on mores

8 April, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, buildings, Cities, Development, elevators, Employment, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, mores, Transportation, Urbanization, Zoning |

  [Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and  Part 4.]   By:David A. Smith   When I was little, my grandfather used to make me stand in a closet for five minutes without moving. He said it was elevator practice. – Stephen Wright   As the preceding five (count […]