Category: urban redevelopment

Zeno’s Public-Consultation Paradox: Part 1, Longer than the time available

18 March, 2014 (13:24) | Brazil, bureaucracy, Government, Infrastructure, Olympics, public choice theory, relocation, Rio de Janeiro, Theory, urban redevelopment | No comments

By:David A. Smith   Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox   All public-consultation processes take longer than the time available, even when you take into consideration Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox.   Surely Achilles can catch the tortoise Just as surely, Rio can relocate slum dwellers without resorting to forcible eviction   Sometimes no evil intent is required […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 3, abuse

21 November, 2012 (12:13) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Non-Profits, Theory, urban redevelopment, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Now, after two days of demolishing the reputation of Wyclef Jean’s charity, Yele, using evidence presented in an exhaustive article in New York Times (October 11, 2012), the Times reporter settles down to presenting the material for a corruption indictment: […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 2, fraud

20 November, 2012 (09:30) | Celebrities, Charities, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Non-Profits, Theory, urban redevelopment, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

[Continued from yesterday''s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post used a thorough and heartbreaking article in New York Times (October 11, 2012) to introduce Wyclef Jean’s now-defunct charity, Yele, and showed how it was part and parcel of a life story he was weaving in which heroic young Wyclef makes a success […]

No business for amateur philanthropists: Part 1, waste

19 November, 2012 (14:05) | Celebrities, charity, Development, Disaster relief, Haiti, Housing, Non-Profits, Theory, urban redevelopment, Wyclef Jean, Yele |

By:David A. Smith   Charity is easy; work is hard; so ‘charitable work’ may be an oxymoron, and this most recent celebrity flameout demonstrates that of all the people with whom one might entrust one’s philanthropy, celebrities are surely the worst, for their fame deludes both them and us into thinking they are competent at […]