Category: Property rights

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, […]

­­Month in Review: November, 2013

30 December, 2013 (14:41) | Airbnb, Cemetery, Cities, Finance, Global news, Housing, Immigration, Informality, Mortgages, New York City, Property rights, Saudi Arabia, Underwriting, US News, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith [Previous Months in Review available here: Oct 13, Sep 13, Aug 13  Jul 13 Jun 13  May 13, Apl 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,] My friend Michael Mutter likes to say that one can become urban without moving, and when that happens, land use and habits practiced since time immemorial […]

Who built their houses on the sand: Part 2, public interest

24 December, 2013 (09:00) | Beaches, Climate change, Disaster relief, Disaster risk, Housing, Infrastructure, Local issues, Private property, Property rights, Sand, US News | 2 comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith   As we saw in yesterday’s post, using a crisis-presuming Boston Globe (December 15, 2013)  article, if a beach needs to be built up to protect houses built right along the shoreline, whose responsibility is that? “It’s called the sand wars,’’ said S. Jeffress Williams, a coastal […]

Who built their houses on the sand: Part 1, private property

23 December, 2013 (11:41) | Beaches, Climate change, Disaster risk, Housing, Infrastructure, Local issues, Private property, Property rights, Sand, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Between public land and private property, the boundary shifts like the sands, and though we think the division immutable and clear, it is often clogged with political and moral grit, as uncovered if not understood by the Boston Globe (December 15, 2013):   Large waves crashed over sand barriers, destroying the […]