Category: Urban homesteading

Month in review: May, 2014: Part 2, Homes are made into cities

2 July, 2014 (12:41) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Detroit, Eviction, Hamden, Homelessness, Homeownership, New Haven, New York City, Rent control, San Francisco, Sunset law, Urban homesteading, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Apr 14, Mar 14, Feb 14, Jan 14] [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw yesterday, during May I focused on US cities – Detroit, New Haven, San Francisco – whose urban policy regarding newcomers is as a seesaw to their economic prospects: the […]

Month in review: May, 2014: Part 1, Cities are made of homes

1 July, 2014 (10:52) | Apartments, Bankruptcy, Detroit, Eviction, Hamden, Homelessness, Homeownership, New Haven, New York City, Rent control, San Francisco, Sunset law, Urban homesteading, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Apr 14, Mar 14, Feb 14, Jan 14]  By: David A. Smith Cities are made out of homes, and homes are made by homeowners. When there is a dearth of homeowners, the price of homes drops, and the city’s society hollows out as fast as does its economy, making […]

Block by block

23 May, 2014 (10:40) | Auctions, Bankruptcy, Cities, Detroit, Homeownership, Housing, Markets, Municipal bankruptcy, Theory, 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) | 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 […]