Category: Student housing

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, Non-Profits, 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.  […]

Month in Review: May, 2013, Part 1: the good news

18 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Bonds, Boston, Building Codes, Chapter 93A, China, consumer protection, Enforcement, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Harrisburg, Litigation, Month in review, Non-Profits, pensions, Renovation, Spain, Student housing |

By:David A. Smith   [Previous Month in Reviews available here: Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13]   Nobody knows the troubles we’ve seen   As America’s residential real estate market returns to normal, having passed the trough and slowly moving upward, once again appear the ‘equilibrium market’ stories of people who taken too […]

Dangerous, overcrowded, invisible, informal, unenforced: Part 3, unenforced and invisible

8 May, 2013 (09:00) | Allston, Apartments, Boston, Building Codes, egress, Enforcement, fire, informality, Landlords, overcrowding, Regulation, Rental, Student housing, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   Now we know that 87 Linden Street, where Binland Lee died in the April 28 fire, was way over-occupied, because that was in the unstated but manifest interest of both landlord and residents.    As I’ve observed elsewhere, in any […]

Dangerous, overcrowded, invisible, informal, unenforced: Part 2, blocked and uninspected for ten years

7 May, 2013 (09:00) | Allston, Apartments, Boston, Building Codes, egress, Enforcement, fire, informality, Landlords, overcrowding, Regulation, Rental, Student housing, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post on the tragic death of Binland Lee, in her attic room in an overcrowded student rental, dealt with the fire’s facts – and if that were all to the story, it would simply be a tragic incident.  But everything is connected to everything […]

Dangerous, overcrowded, invisible, informal, unenforced: Part 1, dying in the attic

6 May, 2013 (14:42) | Allston, Apartments, Boston, Building Codes, egress, Enforcement, fire, informality, Landlords, negligence, overcrowding, Regulation, Rental, Student housing, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Tragedy exposes an ecosystem’s weaknesses.  A rowdy college party, a lit cigarette, an overcrowded student house, a remote and small-scale landlord, informal subdivisions and excess occupancy, and a building inspection system that gives the illusion of enforcement.  Combine them and a young woman is dead.   Binland Lee, BU senior … […]