Category: Land

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 […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 5, A free market for rural property

25 April, 2016 (11:19) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Property rights, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By: David A. Smith   By now in this post it should be apparent, even working with the limited information presented by the useful survey article in the Economist (March 26, 2016), that the urban reforms launched by Bo […]

A crack in the Great Wall: Part 4, One of the party’s obsessions

22 April, 2016 (10:00) | Amnesty, Bo Xilai, China, Chongqing, dipiao, Eminent domain, Formalization, Global news, hokou, Homeownership, Housing, Land, Markets, pilot programs, Property rights, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By: David A. Smith   In yesterday’s part 3, we established that while Bo Xilai’s red star was still rising in Chongqing, he initiated a comprehensive urbanization reform program with three parts.   Point 1, reform hukou.  Point 2, deliver affordable […]