Category: Marblehead

Death comes for the arch-builder: Part 2, three wild speculations

14 March, 2012 (10:35) | Abutters, Bubier Road, Demolition, Housing, Land use, Law, Litigation, Local issues, Marblehead, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's  Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post, on the imminent demise of the illegal home at 74 Bubier Road, featured three novel arguments advanced by Wayne Johnson as to why he shouldn’t have to tear down that house, despite 11 years’ worth of litigation saying he did.   Sources for […]

Death comes for the arch-builder: Part 1, three novel theories

13 March, 2012 (09:13) | Abutters, Bubier Road, Demolition, Housing, Land use, Law, Litigation, Local issues, Marblehead, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Requiescat in pace   This story has a happy ending, with a home being torn down.    It took sixteen years for justice to wield her sword, but when she did, it was swift:   Marblehead (CBS Boston, February 21, 2012) – A longstanding feud between neighbors in Marblehead ended Tuesday […]

High noon (again?)

22 September, 2011 (10:26) | Homeownership, Litigation, Marblehead, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Maybe you can’t go home again, but you can read about it with astonishment.  A year ago, I posted about an absurdly protracted neighbors’ dispute where one neighbor had all the law on their side, and the other had all the facts on the ground:   [January 27, 2010 Lynn Daily […]

Zoning high noon: Part 2, tired of being shoved

17 September, 2010 (10:25) | Land use, Litigation, Marblehead, Tenure, Theory, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s tale of illegal construction centered on 74 Bubier Road, Marblehead, which has stood despite fifteen years of litigation arguing – now conclusively proven – that it violates the zoning and must be removed.  Yet that’s far from the story’s end, as revealed in […]

Zoning high noon: Part 1, not trying to be a hero

16 September, 2010 (10:42) | Land use, Litigation, Marblehead, Tenure, Theory, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   In my home town of Marblehead, a lawbreaker who has evaded justice for fifteen years may finally be brought to long-overdue book –   “The commandments say ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ but we hire men to go out and do it for us. The right and the wrong seem pretty […]