Category: Regulation

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 2, What is forest, what is a house?

28 April, 2016 (09:16) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith     Yesterday’s Part 1 on Greece’s Sisyphean labors of creating a proper land cadaster, the better to privatize state-owned assets, revealed that despite what would ordinarily be presumed a massive head start, somehow Greece is failing to do what the wayward Albanians have virtually […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 1, Typically Greek, delayed

27 April, 2016 (09:56) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title | No comments

By: David A. Smith   To understand what he thinks, you must understand how he is wired   While Europe’s chattering classes concern themselves with this year’s Euro-bad-boy (Britain) who might actually think itself sovereign and vote to leave the club, from their minds has faded the memory of last year’s bad boy (Greece), now […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 8, The same gloomy thing for forty years

15 April, 2016 (09:30) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. – Gilda […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 7, Great for criminals as a place to hide

14 April, 2016 (10:21) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   People feel that the EU is heading in a direction that they never signed up to. They resent the interference in our national life by what they see as unnecessary rules […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 6, Liable for any gravity-related accident

13 April, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   Dr. Robert Sobel, Associate Professor of History at Hofstra, says that the British created a civil-service job in 1903 calling for a man to stand on the Cliffs of Dover with a spyglass.  […]