Category: Renovation

Robinson Crusoe in Detroit: Part 4, I find my wealth all about me

22 May, 2014 (19:26) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Crime, Detroit, ED4ED, Finance, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Infrastructure, Poletown, Renovation, Urban homesteading, Urban renewal |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith With his home now under reasonable physical security, urban adventurer Drew Philip‘s tale, as chronicled in his Buzzfeed (January 9, 2014) article with accompanying photographs, had reached the stage where like his three-century forebear he had stabilized his situation enough to […]

Robinson Crusoe in Detroit: Part 3, We march out against the cannibals

21 May, 2014 (10:56) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Crime, Detroit, ED4ED, Finance, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Infrastructure, Poletown, Renovation, Urban homesteading, Urban renewal |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Halfway through our tale of urban Robinson Crusoe Drew Philip, whose journal of his modern economic plague years was published on Buzzfeed (January 9, 2014), he had bought his house (for $500 at auction) and was investing hours and days of his labor […]

Robinson Crusoe in Detroit: Part 2, I build my fortress

20 May, 2014 (10:33) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Crime, Detroit, ED4ED, Finance, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Infrastructure, Poletown, Renovation, Urban homesteading, Urban renewal |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s post, adapted from his Robinson-Crusoe-esque tale published on Buzzfeed (January 9, 2014), urban pioneer Drew Philip had decided to cast his lot with troubled Detroit, and was looking for a home to buy.  4. The risks of homesteading Poletown, before I-94, and before eminent domain […]

Robinson Crusoe in Detroit: Part 1, I go to sea

19 May, 2014 (10:30) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Crime, Detroit, ED4ED, Finance, Homeownership, Housing, Informality, Infrastructure, Poletown, Renovation, Urban homesteading, Urban renewal |

By: David A. Smith “I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country.” ― Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe Urban homesteader Drew Philip has written an engaging and inspiring story of his urban homesteading in a largely abandoned part of Detroit, published on Buzzfeed (January […]

Month in Review: May, 2013, Part 2: the bad news

19 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Bonds, Boston, Building Codes, Chapter 93A, China, Consumer protection, Enforcement, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Harrisburg, Litigation, Month in review, Nonprofits, Pensions, Renovation, Spain, Student housing |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, May was a month with quite a bit of good news, though a misanthrope can find human behavior to mock even then, though genuine bitterness and anger are reserved for human folly that compounds human suffering, such as in the Eurozone.  […]