Category: Zoning

It is for us the living, rather: Part 3, Shall not perish from the earth

19 December, 2014 (10:00) | Archeology, Cemetery, Development, Easement, Encumbrance, Hartland, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Title, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain During yesterday’s Part 2, Mr. Guite prevailed in court (back in 2011) and proceeded to relocate the cemetery. Bringing in the University of Vermont’s Consulting Archeology department to […]

It is for us the living, rather: Part 2, We cannot consecrate

18 December, 2014 (10:00) | Archeology, Cemetery, Development, Easement, Encumbrance, Hartland, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Title, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. In yesterday’s Part 1, we encountered Michel Guite, for several decades a part-time resident of Hartland, Vermont, who bought a quarter-square-mile plot of land in the middle of which was located a tiny (0.025 acre) […]

It is for us the living, rather: Part 1, To be dedicated here

17 December, 2014 (10:00) | Archeology, Cemetery, Development, Easement, Encumbrance, Hartland, Homeownership, Housing, Land use, Title, Vermont, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith We have come to dedicate a portion of that field ‘Forever’ is a concept that we human beings use all too cavalierly in ordinary conversation but that when written into a contract (such as a land-use agreement or title deed) reverts to its pure English-language meaning – ‘without end’ – and […]

One man’s windfall is another man’s score: Part 11, “I think most people will tell you yes.”

16 December, 2014 (09:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Co-ops, Democracy, Housing, Markets, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Privatization, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 10 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9.] By: David A. Smith As our survey of Southbridge Towers’ impending privatization reaches its conclusion, we can come back to the most basic question of all: 3.H. Whose […]

One man’s windfall is another man’s score: Part 10, “Extremely unlikely…but it’s budgeted for”

15 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Co-ops, Democracy, Housing, Markets, Mitchell-Lama, New York City, Ownership, Privatization, Urban renewal, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from Friday’s Part 9 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.] By: David A. Smith Friday’s Part 9 nearly completed our review of the public-policy implications of a Southbridge Towers privatization in the changing demographics now (slow income concentration) and after privatization […]