Category: US News

The room closing in: Part 4, Close down rather than face violations

24 February, 2017 (09:00) | Adulthood, Aging, Apartments, Assisted living, charity, Elderly, Homes, Housing, independence, Innovation, Nursing homes, Regulation, Technology, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] So far in this post looking at the first update to nursing home regulations in a quarter of a century I’ve covered three of the five big principles of consumer protection – freedom, choice, and security. Here was another huddling […]

The room closing in: Part 3, Once they’re out the door

23 February, 2017 (09:00) | Adulthood, Aging, Apartments, Assisted living, charity, Elderly, Housing, independence, Innovation, Nursing homes, Regulation, Technology, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   A society of robots for humanity’s physical needs, dogs for our emotional ones   He stayed close to the wall to keep out of people’s way, headed for a chair in one corner. He sat down and huddled […]

The room closing in: Part 2, Halfway between society and the cemetery

22 February, 2017 (08:30) | Adulthood, Aging, Apartments, Assisted living, charity, Elderly, Housing, independence, Innovation, Nursing homes, Regulation, Technology, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Slowly he turned away from the railing and headed for the administration building. And for one brain-wrenching moment he felt a sudden fear-an unreasonable and embarrassing fear of that stretch of concrete that formed the ramp. A fear that left him shaking mentally as […]

The room closing in: Part 1, The first updates since 1991

21 February, 2017 (09:00) | Adulthood, Aging, Apartments, Assisted living, charity, Elderly, Housing, independence, Innovation, Nursing homes, Regulation, Technology, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   We say we fear death, but really we fear not death itself but its harbingers: pain of course, but even more than pain we fear helplessness, because in losing our independence we lose our adulthood.   Webster stiffened, felt chill fear gripping at his heart. Hands groping for the […]

What is efficiency? said jesting Pilate: Part 3, The judgment

8 February, 2017 (08:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Condominiums, Development, Housing, Incentives, New York City, Real estate taxes, Section 421-a, Speculation, Subsidy, Tax abatement, US News | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As we’ve seen in Parts 1 and 2 of this surprisingly long post, seeking to reach a conclusion on the public-policy merits of New York’s section 421a tax abatement program, when applied to large condominium developments, Section 421a […]