Category: Maine

Month in Review, February, 2016: Part 2, The macro of money

22 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Chicago, China, Cities, Housing, Maine, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Rental, Tiny houses, Venice |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] As we saw yesterday with both the tiny house and the tiny rent-controlled apartment, ecosystems are more complex than they appear on the surface – – and when a half a trillion paper butterflies flap their wings to escape its financial regime, the consequences are felt […]

Month in Review, February, 2016: Part 1, The micro of people

21 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Chicago, China, Cities, Housing, Maine, Micro-units, Mobile homes, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Rental, Tiny houses, Venice |

By: David A. Smith So bound up is housing in our conception of ourselves – perhaps it has to do with the trust we place in our space when we close our eyes for unconscious sleep – that inevitably we claim ownership and dominion over those sleeping surroundings, and see in them both expressions of […]

Opting out of micro-government: Part 9, Fewer in numbers all the time

7 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 8 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.] Before I sleep – Robert Frost By: David A. Smith As we’ve seen in these leisurely ramble through the north Maine woods, for a town to deorganize is no easy matter.  Sources […]

Opting out of micro-government: Part 8, Parent choice is a misunderstanding

4 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] And miles to go – Robert Frost By: David A. Smith Closing down a town, as we saw in yesterday’s post following Cary Plantation, Maine, is a more complicated business than it might seem, […]

Opting out of micro-government: Part 7, Often in a nearby district

3 March, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Counties, Democracy, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Innovation, Maine, Mitchell-Lama, Municipal budgeting, Pagedale, Real estate taxes, Schools, Speculation, Theory, Urbanization, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] But I have promises to keep – Robert Frost By: David A. Smith First and foremost, as we saw yesterday, a town’s deorganization is an economic decision made after demographic forces have atrophied the town’s population […]