Category: US News

A tale of two cities: Part 10, Division of public property, debts, town paupers, and taxes

27 April, 2015 (09:00) | Annexation, Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Municipal bankruptcy, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from last week’s Part 9 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.] By: David A. Smith “Keep where you are because, if I should make a mistake, it could never be set right in your lifetime.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two […]

A tale of two cities: Part 9, Grievances would be addressed

24 April, 2015 (10:00) | Annexation, Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Municipal bankruptcy, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 8 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.] By: David A. Smith “Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; — the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!”  Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities With Chicago’s economy sinking and its […]

A tale of two cities: Part 8, Nothing resembling a viable alternative

23 April, 2015 (09:00) | Annexation, Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Municipal bankruptcy, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By: David A. Smith “I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities As the […]

A tale of two cities: Part 7, A contributing part of the city’

22 April, 2015 (09:00) | Annexation, Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Municipal bankruptcy, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith “Then tell Wind and Fire where to stop,” returned madame, “but don’t tell me.”  Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities As the preceding parts of this epic post have established, a […]

A tale of two cities: Part 6, Didn’t even put the money back

21 April, 2015 (10:00) | Annexation, Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Municipal bankruptcy, Pension funds, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from Friday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith “Death is Nature’s remedy for all things, and why not Legislation’s?” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities As we saw in yesterday’s Part 5, promises we make when money is flush become cords that […]