Category: Law

Zoning’s fifth column

26 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Innovations, Law, New York City, Policy, Technology, US News, Zoning | No comments

As my four columns of troops approach the city, a fifth column of people inside the city will support us and undermine the government from within. General Emilio Mola, advancing on Madrid, 1936 (paraphrased from Wikipedia)   By: David A. Smith   According to Gordon Gekko’s reading of Sun Tzu, every battle is won before […]

Bitch, we’re the co-op board

25 July, 2016 (09:00) | Apartments, Co-ops, Condominiums, Harperley Hall, kayfabe, Law, Louise Ciccone, New York City, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   I always thought I should be treated like a star. – Madonna Ciccone Blogs must be entertaining or they are nothing, and few things can be more entertaining than mocking a self-important bloviator playing the do-you-know-who-i-am card, and who better to play the card than the original, the ur-copycat […]

Time to thank the vultures? Part 2, Any investigator anywhere in the world

9 May, 2016 (10:00) | Argentina, Capital markets, Ecosystem, Global markets, Hedge funds, Law, Panama Papers, Sovereign bankruptcy |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As we glimpsed in yesterday’s Part 1, using the unwitting diptych of two Economist stories from the same April 16, 2016 issue, the first a sidelight on the Panama Papers, the second Economist (April 16, 2016; buff blue font), the best systems of governance […]

Time to thank the vultures? Part 1, A crack in the wall of secrecy

6 May, 2016 (10:00) | Argentina, Capital markets, Ecosystem, Global markets, Hedge funds, Law, Panama Papers, Sovereign bankruptcy |

 By: David A. Smith   Are you glad the Panama Papers came to light?    With numerous governments already announcing probes into the Panama papers and others preparing to do so, Mossack Fonseca, the law firm from which the hoard of documents about offshore companies was leaked, will be receiving lots of inquiries in the […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 7, A special reservation for the vipers

5 May, 2016 (09:31) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   By: David A. Smith   In yesterday’s penultimate installment of this post, using articles from both Reuters (18 October 2015) and the New York Times (26 May 2013; sepia font),, we’ve seen that Greece cannot […]