Category: laws

Scafflaws: Part 2, everybody knew the cameras were there

24 April, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, building, Cities, Construction, Development, laws, New York City, safety, structures, Supply side, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   How safe, whose responsibility, and at what price?   Yesterday’s post,, based on an article from Crains New York (March 12, 2013),  explored a little-known but large cost of construction in New York properties – the judicial standard of absolute liability that has the effect […]

Scafflaws: Part 1, seven-figure settlements

23 April, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, building, Cities, Construction, Development, laws, New York City, safety, structures, Supply side, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Lunch atop a skyscraper: workers on the Empire State Building construction (The photo was staged, but it’s still a killer image.)   Though goodness knows I shouldn’t be, I am constantly surprised by the shortsightedness of those who defend anachronistic laws that nevertheless benefit them, and even more surprised by the […]

Ask the voters who legalized Mary Jane

26 November, 2012 (17:06) | Apartments, Boston, Enforcement, Inclusionary zoning, Landlords, laws, Leases, marijuana, Massachusetts, Regulation, Rental, torts, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   By fits and starts, out of fiscal necessity (dressed up in compassion and tolerance) America is legalizing marijuana – and as the collapse of an order is often more chaotic than its establishment, the law we Massachusetts voters just passed is already giving landlords headaches, as revealed in this snickering article […]