Category: occupancy

Occupancy if not ownership: Part 2, A place is only a place

7 July, 2014 (13:48) | Archdiocese of Boston, churches, Development, occupancy, ownership, Property Rights, Scituate, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith Yesterday’s post on the deconsecrated Boston-area churches, using two recent stories in the Boston Globe (June 22, 2014; blue font) and the Boston Herald (June 22, 2014), highlighted that after a ten-year canonical appeals process, the Vatican denied the petitioners’ request for the archdiocese of Boston to […]

Occupancy if not ownership: Part 1, Parting from friends is a sadness

3 July, 2014 (10:01) | Archdiocese of Boston, churches, Development, occupancy, ownership, property rights, Scituate, speculation, theory, US news | No comments

By:David A. Smith  Emotionally if not legally, possession is nine-tenths of the law, and in real estate, occupancy is nine-tenths of possession, emotionally if not legally or contractually. Ownership is a legal condition and it is also a state of mind: the longer we are able to occupy a place, regularly even if not continuously, […]

Freedom from security: Part 2, the legal jousting

14 December, 2012 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, High-rise, Innovations, New York City, occupancy, Regulation, Security |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post used a New York Post (October 19, 2012) story and many other sources to explore New York City’s Operation Clean Halls program, under which rental landlords give permission for NYPD officers to conduct floor-to-roof patrols through their properties, and to challenge anyone who […]

Freedom from security: Part 1, the landlords’ and tenants’ perspective

13 December, 2012 (09:30) | Affordable Housing, High-rise, Innovations, New York City, occupancy, Regulation, Security |

By:David A. Smith   F x S = k: The product of Freedom and Security is a constant. Larry Niven, Niven’s Laws   Whose stoop, whose lobby, whose right to stop?  Janeia Sandiford outside her building   Would you rather be free or be safe?  That question lies at the policy heart, if not the […]

Who grows there? Part 2, the community’s response

6 June, 2012 (16:07) | California, Crime, Entrepreneur, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, marijuana, Markets, occupancy, US News, Value Chain |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post smoked out the issue, latent in a New York Times story about marijuana grow houses, that illegal activity (even if it’s the most unassuming and seemingly peaceful) is a community risk, and one that proliferates when communities decline and are riddled with vacant […]