Housing vs Neighborhoods

When I was asked some years ago to write a piece about “housing,” I declined. I have a problem with the word itself. Or more precisely, I’m troubled by discussing housing outside the context of the other elements that comprise a complete neighborhood.

Words are powerful things; they can both define the present and predict the future. The world might be a very different place today if the term “housing” had never been invented. In the old days we had houses and we had neighborhoods, but housing as a concept barely existed until quite recently. (My dictionary shows the first recorded use of the term “housing project” in 1951.)

Fat Cats

We’re hearing lots these days about “Fat Cat” bankers bringing down the U.S. financial system. No doubt some of them did contribute to the failure---but many others are in line for blame as well: government regulations and regulators, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and bond credit-rating firms to name a few.

What we don’t hear much about is “Fat Cat” union leaders, who long have caused a huge drag on the economy.

Is President Obama of the Opinion That Presidents Are Above the Law?

SHAMEFUL is the only way to describe the heavy-handed, premature support of the Obama administration for ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

By publicly and aggressively coming to Zelaya’s defense, the administration encouraged other governments and institutions to follow its lead.