Category: Month in review

Month in Review, July 2015: Part 2, Over the future event horizon

17 August, 2015 (10:00) | AIG, Bankruptcy, Boston Redevelopment Authority, En viager, Homeownership, Housing, Land leases, Month in review, Policy, Reform, Reversionaries, Speculation, Takings, US News | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, long lazy summary days give rise to long discursive summer blog posts, for what is a blog if not a journey of personal exploration?  “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be […]

Month in Review, July 2015: Part 1, In wisdom’s rear-view mirror

14 August, 2015 (10:00) | AIG, Bankruptcy, Boston Redevelopment Authority, En viager, Homeownership, Housing, Land leases, Month in review, Policy, Reform, Reversionaries, Speculation, Takings, Tenure, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith For a month which traditionally begins summer’s biorhythmic slowdown, a lot went on in July, starting with finishing up a summer’s-starting post that dealt with an archetypal problem of common law and common land, access to and use of public beaches, We will fight them on the beaches: Part 3, The […]

Month in Review: May, 2015

26 June, 2015 (10:00) | Blogs, Boston, CalPERS, England, Essential posts, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, NIMBY, Parking, Stockton, United Kingdom, Workforce housing, Zaatari |

By: David A. Smith There’s never a straight man in Monty Python — even if one character appears relatively sane, that illusion will shortly be upended.  Too much bull? Similarly, voters in England who might reject the Monster Raving Loony Party could have hoped that among the remainder – Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats – there […]

Month in Review: April, 2015

22 May, 2015 (10:02) | Bankruptcy, CDSs, Chicago, Cities, Contract rights, Detroit, Diego Rivera, Epictetus, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Museums, Philanthropy, R. A. Lafferty, Speculation, US News |

By: David A. Smith “The site is now known as the Great Blue Island Swamp.” – R. A. Lafferty, “What’s the Name of that Town?”, 1964 R. A. Lafferty In 1964, the mad genius of science fiction R. A. Lafferty wrote a short story in which not only had the City of Chicago been vaporized, […]

Month in Review: March, 2015

30 April, 2015 (10:00) | Blogs, Essential posts, Government, Greece, Grexit, Lucy Martin, Month in review, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Political theory, Real estate taxes, Taxation, Theory |

By: David A. Smith During March, in honored surprise at a decade’s worth of continuous blogging, I published the first 10/17ths of the longest post I’ve ever done, Ten Years a Blogger, As an encyclopedia should seldom be excerpted, I’ll simply list the titles here: Ten years a blogger: Part 1, What is a blog?, […]