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Residential origami

13 December, 2011 (12:50) | Cities, Construction, Design, Homeownership, Innovations, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Amidst a New York Times story intended to be a heartwarming tale of self-revival after twice surviving cancer is a nice little example of creatively reusing the available cubic, which will be an increasingly important challenge of the twenty-first century:   Before: The original cabin had small windows, which obscured much […]

Rarefied underground rental

12 December, 2011 (17:04) | Apartments, New York City, Rent control, Rental, Tenure, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   In hotels or residential rental, the Holy Grail is occupancy, for the space costs nearly as much to operate when empty as it does when full.  Yet when it comes to occupant ownership, we never compute occupancy, even though very few homes are 100% occupied (because of all those vacations, business […]

When teasers expire: Part 2, but some are more equal than others

9 December, 2011 (09:00) | Co-ops, Condominiums, Incentives, Markets, New York City, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Tax abatement |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from Wednesday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post introduced readers to the obscure but important realm of tax abatements that phase out, which (as illustrated by this lengthy New York Times article) leaves those whom the discount induced to buy now feeling abused by the return of normalcy, and hence in […]

Freedom of squat?

8 December, 2011 (12:16) | Boston, First Amendment, Land invasion, Occupy movement, Slums, Theory, US News |

By:David A. Smith   When does public use become adverse possession and squatting?  All unknowingly, Occupy Boston and its ilk have shown us this by occlusion, as they have sought to use the phrase ‘First Amendment’ as a shibboleth intended to block any consideration of the property-rights issues that their land invasion raises.   Public […]

When teasers expire: Part 1, all abatements are equal

7 December, 2011 (10:18) | Co-ops, Condominiums, Incentives, Markets, New York City, Real estate taxes, Rent control, Tax abatement |

By:David A. Smith   So powerful is our capacity to forget what we wish to that if you give us an extended discount, however you phase it out, our reaction is not to be again thankful for the break, but angry at its withdrawal, as shown in this lengthy New York Times article:   No […]