Category: Security

Month in Review, August, 2013: Part 2, Don’t you want a second pillar?

25 October, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Broken Windows theory, Chelsea, Configuration, Farouk El-Baz, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Michael McLaughlin, micro housing, Month in review, Public housing, Security |

[Previous Months in Reviews available here: Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apl 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]     By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   If the poor are not universally saints, neither are those in government administration, and through 2013, I’ve been among those dismantling, in the […]

Month in Review, August, 2013: Part 1, A plumber with a pencil

24 October, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Broken Windows theory, Chelsea, Configuration, Farouk El-Baz, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Michael McLaughlin, micro housing, Month in review, Public housing, Security |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apl 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   By:David A. Smith   We had a beach but it got boiled away   During hot sultry August, I devoted as many parts as I’ve ever used in a single post to an eight-part […]

The cost of vandalism

14 August, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Broken Windows theory, Cities, Crime, Security, vandalism |

By:David A. Smith   Boys will be boys, won’t they?  After all, they look so innocent – how much trouble could they get into?   What happened inside?   To judge by this Daily Mail (June 16, 2013) story, which splashed the story all over its pages, the amount is remarkable – virtually unbelievable if […]

Searching for sanctuary: Part 2, Public interest

5 March, 2013 (09:30) | Apartments, civil liberties, common areas, Fourth Amendment, Landlords, Law, New York City, Rental, Security |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post on Judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision, reported in the New York Post (January 8, 2013) and New York Times (January 8, 2013) (blue font), brought us to the unexpected boundary issue, that Operation Clean Halls inside apartment buildings is perfectly appropriate, whereas the judge […]

Searching for sanctuary: Part 1, Private property?

4 March, 2013 (12:38) | Apartments, civil liberties, common areas, Fourth Amendment, Landlords, Law, New York City, Rental, Security |

By:David A. Smith   In the relations between landlords and residents, security and privacy conflict, and when to that mix is added the third participant, that of law enforcement, the mutuality of boundaries becomes very complicated indeed, as demonstrated by the legal disputes surrounding New York City’s apartment patrol program, known by its proponents as […]