Category: Relief

This land is whose land? Part 3, Erected by the uncle’s representatives

27 January, 2014 (09:00) | Disaster recovery, Disaster risk, Eminent domain, Housing, Informality, Land use, Philippines, Politics, Relief, Squatting, Tacloban |

     [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding  Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we’ve seen in the two preceding parts, inspired by a reportorial New York Times (December 14, 2013) article and a more investigative piece from Quartz, November 21, 2013; blue font), has shown that demolished Tacloban, Philippines, is both […]

This land is whose land? Part 2, You can’t imagine a more vulnerable area

24 January, 2014 (09:00) | Disaster recovery, Disaster risk, Eminent domain, Housing, Informality, Land use, Philippines, Politics, Relief, Squatting, Tacloban |

  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By:David A. Smith Yesterday’s post, using a pair of articles, from the New York Times (December 14, 2013) and with greater insightful from Quartz, November 21, 2013; blue font), brought us to unhappy Tacloban, Philippines, where after Typhoon Haiyan the globe’s immediate response has been the admirable humanitarian desire […]

This land is whose land? Part 1, No permanent houses

23 January, 2014 (15:22) | Disaster relief, Disaster risk, Eminent domain, Housing, Informality, Land use, Philippines, Politics, Relief, Squatting, Tacloban |

  By:David A. Smith Though a catastrophe can be a chance to start fresh, the destruction of physical habitat does not wipe out the legal habitat, nor the economic or power structures, and all these render the business of redevelopment enormously complicated, as profiled in this downbeat article from the New York Times (December 14, […]

Month in Review, December, 2012: Part 2, Globalized failures

8 February, 2013 (09:00) | Bankruptcy, Boston, CalPERS, Disaster response, Economics, Euro, Global news, Month in review, New York City, Proposition 13, Real estate taxes, Relief, San Bernardino, Slums, Speculation |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Nov 12, Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   In yesterday’s Part 1 of our economically grim December, we followed localized failures in Boston and New York City to the ultimate in personal […]

Month in Review, December, 2012: Part 1, Localized failures

7 February, 2013 (12:33) | Bankruptcy, Boston, CalPERS, Disaster response, Economics, Euro, Global news, Month in review, New York City, Proposition 13, Real estate taxes, Relief, San Bernardino, Slums, Speculation |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Nov 12, Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   Housing issues – and this is a housing blog, remember [Who are you reminding – yourself? – Ed.] are inherently place-based, so it’s appropriate to start our review of the […]