Feb 26

What WeLive is creating is a new twist on a traditional residential hotel – sometimes called an SRO. These were extremely popular in the 1920s and consisted of studio apartments with minimal private amenities, but services available in the common areas of the building or in the immediate neighborhood. Lunch counters, late night diners, laundries, and movie palaces were near at hand. In some cases these were luxurious accommodations with daily room service. In others they were flop houses for the semi-indige

Source: WeWork – Granola Shotgun

Feb 26

It is neither desirable nor morally acceptable to blithely tolerate a level of destitution more commonly associated with Calcutta or Sao Paolo.

Source: Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis is a national disgrace

Feb 25

That organization, which had been serving predominantly low-income tenants in the region for more than 40 years, suspended its operations earlier this month due to a lack of funding.

Source:  Scene and Heard: Scene’s News Blog

Feb 24

I soon identified a dozen victims of Bachman’s, spread up and down the East Coast. Bachman, these stories made clear, was a serial squatter operating on a virtuosic scale, driving roommate after roommate into court and often from their home. But Bachman wasn’t a typical squatter in that he did not appear especially interested in strong-arming his way to free rent (although he often granted himself that privilege); instead, he seemed to relish the anguish of those who had taken him in without realizing that they would soon be pulled into a terrifying battle for their home. Nothing they did could satisfy or appease him, because the objective was not material gain but, seemingly, the sadistic pleasure of watching them squirm as he displaced them.

Source: Jamison Bachman, the Worst Roommate Ever

Feb 22

When Ramona Morales agreed to pay a $225 fine for failing to force her tenants to remove a few backyard chickens, she had no way of knowing that what started out as an innocent misunderstanding would ultimately cost her nearly $6,000.

Ramona was one of an untold number of California homeowners who have been caught up in an unconstitutional scheme by a private law firm, Silver & Wright, to turn cities’ property maintenance codes into big business.

On paper, the firm’s business model is straightforward: cities hire Silver & Wright to serve as their official city prosecutor. Then, whenever a property owner agrees to plead guilty and pay a fine—rather than fight it in court—Silver & Wright bills the owner for every second spent prosecuting the case at private firm rates, even if that costs ten or a hundred times more than the original fine. But the reality of Silver & Wright’s business model is much more grim. Cases like Ramona’s—along with many others’—demonstrate the dangers of allowing perverse financial incentives to distort the justice system.

Source: Class Action Lawsuit Challenges California Cities’ For-Profit Prosecution Scheme – Institute for Justice

Feb 22

The developer of the former 5Pointz site says he will appeal a federal judge’s ruling awarding $6.75 million to 21 artists whose rights were violated when he whitewashed and destroyed their works in 2013.Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the site where two luxury residential buildings are now rising, says the Feb. 12 ruling by Eastern District Judge Frederic Block “makes no sense.”“The whole thing is so silly,” Wolkoff told the LIC Post. “They shouldn’t get one penny. Hopefully the judges [in appeals court] w

Source: 5Pointz Developer Says He Will Appeal Judge’s Ruling Awarding $6.75 Million to Graffiti Artists | LIC Post

Feb 16

Famed environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla, the 77-year-old sister of deceased Clinton-era U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and a South Florida political powerhouse in her own right, has been ordered to pay $4.4 million to a development company that sued her in Stuart.

To make matters more complicated, Hurchalla’s email exchanges with county commissioners have led to criminal proceedings against three politicians: Current Martin County commissioners Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding, and former Commissioner Anne Scott.

On the stand Tuesday, Hurchalla admitted to sending some emails to commissioners on the county’s official servers while communicating with the trio on their private accounts. In her private emails, she appeared to coach Fielding on how to get rid of Lake Point.

Source: Environmentalist ordered to pay $4.4 million to developer

Feb 13

“After talking to some of the homeless vets, we realized they refused to go into that communal living,” says Stout. “They were like, ‘you know we’re not going into that shelter living.’ The consensus was they need their own space.” Someone suggested building tiny houses. “I said, ‘what the hell is a tiny house,'” jokes Stout.

Source: Tiny homes offer big benefits for military veterans – CNN

Feb 10

According to the Wall Street Journal, rent control seems to be making a retro comeback. Most forms of intelligent life could be forgiven for asking why.  Serial experimentation with this policy has repeatedly shown the same result. Initially, tenants rejoice, and rent control looks like a victory for the poor over the landlord class. But the stifling of price signals leads to problems. Rent control starts by producing some sort of redistribution, because the people with low rents at the time that controls

Source: Rent Control Needs Retirement, Not a Comeback – Bloomberg

Feb 10

A tiny home village is being constructed about 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, in the suburb of Lake Dallas.

Source: Tiny Home Village Going Up in Texas

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