Category: Urban Renewal

The making of the political atomic bomb

8 July, 2014 (14:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Boston, BRA, Development, Housing, linkage, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, urban issues, Urban Renewal, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith In electing Marty Walsh, the good people of Boston may soon discover they got much more of a mayor than they thought they were electing.  Do you swear to defy expectations? After two decades of Mayor Pothole’s glad-handing bonhomie as camouflage for grudge-bearing imperialism, new Mayor Walsh is showing that he […]

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 […]

Robinson Crusoe in Detroit: Part 1, I go to sea

19 May, 2014 (10:30) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Crime, Detroit, ED4ED, Finance, Homeownership, Housing, informality, Infrastructure, poletown, Renovation, urban homesteading, Urban Renewal |

By: David A. Smith “I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country.” ― Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe Urban homesteader Drew Philip has written an engaging and inspiring story of his urban homesteading in a largely abandoned part of Detroit, published on Buzzfeed (January […]

Condemnation by imputation: Part 6, When I can hear it beat out loud!

30 April, 2014 (09:00) | Affordable Housing, Crime, Development, Discrimination, Eminent domain, historic rehab, Housing, Income mixing, Real estate taxes, Section 8, Urban Renewal |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart. When I can hear it beat out loud! – Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street Readers still following this analysis after five previous parts will have agreed with my conclusion, […]