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Dangerous, overcrowded, invisible, informal, unenforced: Part 3, unenforced and invisible

8 May, 2013 (09:00) | Allston, Apartments, Boston, Building Codes, Egress, Enforcement, Fire, Informality, Landlords, Overcrowding, Regulation, Rental, Student housing, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   Now we know that 87 Linden Street, where Binland Lee died in the April 28 fire, was way over-occupied, because that was in the unstated but manifest interest of both landlord and residents.    As I’ve observed elsewhere, in any […]

Dangerous, overcrowded, invisible, informal, unenforced: Part 2, blocked and uninspected for ten years

7 May, 2013 (09:00) | Allston, Apartments, Boston, Building Codes, Egress, Enforcement, Fire, Informality, Landlords, Overcrowding, Regulation, Rental, Student housing, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post on the tragic death of Binland Lee, in her attic room in an overcrowded student rental, dealt with the fire’s facts – and if that were all to the story, it would simply be a tragic incident.  But everything is connected to everything […]

Dangerous, overcrowded, invisible, informal, unenforced: Part 1, dying in the attic

6 May, 2013 (14:42) | Allston, Apartments, Boston, Building Codes, Egress, Enforcement, Fire, Informality, Landlords, Negligence, Overcrowding, Regulation, Rental, Student housing, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Tragedy exposes an ecosystem’s weaknesses.  A rowdy college party, a lit cigarette, an overcrowded student house, a remote and small-scale landlord, informal subdivisions and excess occupancy, and a building inspection system that gives the illusion of enforcement.  Combine them and a young woman is dead.   Binland Lee, BU senior … […]

The price of charity: Part 5, “never foreclosed on any loan”

3 May, 2013 (09:00) | Cambridge, Chapter 93A, Consumer protection, Development, Fiduciary duty, Homeownership, Just-a-Start, Law, Lending, Litigation, Nonprofits, Renovation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By:David A. Smith   Sources for this story include the Cambridge Chronicle (January 11, 2013) and Cambridge Chronicle (January 18, 2013) (brown font), Cambridge Day (December 28, 2012) (green font), and a Letter to the Editor published in the […]

The price of charity: Part 4, “should be held to a higher standard”

2 May, 2013 (09:00) | Cambridge, Chapter 93A, Consumer protection, Development, Fiduciary duty, Homeownership, Just-a-Start, Law, Lending, Litigation, Nonprofits, Renovation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   Sources for this story include the Cambridge Chronicle (January 11, 2013) and Cambridge Chronicle (January 18, 2013) (brown font), Cambridge Day (December 28, 2012) (green font), and a Letter to the Editor published in the Cambridge Chronicle (January […]