Category: occupancy

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 […]

Who grows there? Part 1, the strangers’ arrival

5 June, 2012 (10:54) | California, Crime, Entrepreneur, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, marijuana, Markets, occupancy, US News, Value Chain |

By:David A. Smith   Want to profit from the foreclosure crisis in California?    You’ll need electricity, ventilation, and water   Want to make big money at home?   Adaptive reuse!   Own your own business, be your own boss?   Learn a valuable trade   All with low capital outlays and minimal risk?  If […]