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Block by block

23 May, 2014 (10:40) | Auctions, Bankruptcy, Cities, Detroit, Homeownership, Housing, Markets, Municipal bankruptcy, Theory, Uncategorized, urban homesteading, US News |

 By: David A. Smith For all the pixels burned crying panic at the possibility of Detroit filing bankruptcy, for all the specious unfounded blather that municipal bankruptcy was illegal, couldn’t possibly do good and would instead do incalculable harm, so far everything that has happened since Detroit filed has been good … but practical progress sells […]

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

22 May, 2014 (19:26) | Uncategorized |

[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, Uncategorized, 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, Uncategorized, 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 […]

This green and empty land: Part 3, Till we have built the homes we need

7 February, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Development, England, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Law, Politics, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Till we have built Jerusalem In England’s green and pleasant land.   After having surveyed England’s land-use and anti-development policies and finding, via a post-revelation Economist editorial (January 11, 2014; green font) and the accompanying Economist (January 11, 2014) article, the […]