Category: Zoning

Month in Review, March, 2016: Part 2, Two tales of two countries

24 May, 2016 (10:04) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Democracy, Global news, Government, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, in complex systems like cities, government, and housing, success looks easy only after the fact, and invites tinkering with the finely balanced elements of that success.   See?  Nothing to it!   Indeed, many there are who believe […]

Month in Review, March, 2016: Part 1, Two tales of two cities

23 May, 2016 (08:38) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Democracy, Global news, Government, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Before human beings had nations, cities were the dominant political unit, and it was through cities that momentous change came to the world – so we say Athens and think philosophy, Rome and empire, Florence and the Renaissance.    Inventing a Renaissance within the city’s walls   Because cities are defined […]

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 | No comments

 [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 | No comments

 [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 | No comments

[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 […]