Category: Urbanization

In Jeddah

6 June, 2016 (09:13) | Housing, informal communties, Jeddah, Rental, Saudi Arabia, teaching, Urban renewal, Urbanization | No comments

 By: David A. Smith   Al-Balad, the old city of Jeddah   I haven’t posted for more than a week because it’s been an incredibly busy week; first with speaking at the World Bank’s 7th Global Housing Finance Summit in Washington DC, where I talked about taking housing finance and housing affordability down the income […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 7, A special reservation for the vipers

5 May, 2016 (09:31) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   By: David A. Smith   In yesterday’s penultimate installment of this post, using articles from both Reuters (18 October 2015) and the New York Times (26 May 2013; sepia font),, we’ve seen that Greece cannot […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 6, No one dares to say ‘simple’

4 May, 2016 (10:00) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   By: David A. Smith   With five parts done in this punctilious examination of Greece’s anything-but-punctilious land registry and entitlement system, based on articles from both Reuters (18 October 2015) and the New York Times (26 May […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 5, Make their livings through constant haggling

3 May, 2016 (16:32) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By: David A. Smith   Four parts into this meticulous exploration of the challenges of establishing land ownership in Greece, using articles from both Reuters (18 October 2015) and the New York Times (26 May 2013; sepia font), we […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 4, A union of illegal house owners

2 May, 2016 (10:00) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By: David A. Smith  Yesterday’s Part 3 of this saga, taking as its embarkation point an article from Reuters (18 October 2015) supplemented by a precursor piece from 2½ years earlier (New York Times, 26 May 2013; sepia font), demonstrated that […]