Category: Markets

Boojum: The ‘new’ problem of immigration

2 December, 2016 (09:00) | Housing, Immigration, Markets, Remittances, Ross Macdonald | No comments

  By: David A. Smit     From Border Incident, 1949   I told him about the closed blue truck, the brown men of the temple. “Troy is the head of the gang.  The others work for him.  They’re been running an underground railway on a regular schedule between the Mexican border and the Bakersfield […]

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 8, Vacated property is snatched up

13 October, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, cemeteries, Cities, Density, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Speculation, Urbanization, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.]   As we’ve seen earlier in this post, twenty-first century American death often comes upon us with plenty of warning, changing the nature of when and where we grieve, and […]

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 7, Out of burial space in five years

12 October, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, cemeteries, Cities, Density, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Speculation, Urbanization, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]     By now this multi-part post has made evident that the American Way of Death, which Jessica Mitford so savaged [Possibly unfairly, though not having read the book I have no opinion […]

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 6, The remnants of families

11 October, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, cemeteries, Cities, Density, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Speculation, Urbanization, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   As the previous parts of this unusually protracted post have demonstrated, the funeral homes captures a bygone era in its ethos – the ethos of death and its aftermath (dying far from home, […]

Ask after me tomorrow: Part 5, Not dying where they used to

5 October, 2016 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Cities, funeral homes, Housing, Land use, Markets, Redevelopment, Speculation, Urbanization, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]   Recognizing that my blog posts always risk being recursive – and like Oscar Wilde I can resist anything but the temptation to be recursive – by the end of Part 4 of this excursion into […]