Monday, June 7, 2010
The New York Times Magazine had an interesting article this weekend about squatters in Buffalo. The larger issue concerned the freegan movement - "Above all, freegans are dedicated to salvaging what others waste and — when possible — living without the use of currency." The focus of the article was on their occupation and renovation of a Buffalo mansion. Property folks will love the discussion of what the concept of "private property" meant to the freegans. As much as they disliked the idea of being property owners, with the ability to summon law enforcement to protect their property rights, they struggled with the difficulty of managing the upkeep of the mansion as one large, unowned commons. Ultimately, one of the freegans used the legal system to obtain legal ownership of the house, with all of the benefits - and headaches - that ownership entails.
Ngai Pindell, UNLV
This blog is an Amazon affiliate. Help support Land Use Prof Blog by making purchases through Amazon links on this site at no cost to you.
- Jamie Baker Roskie on Uber Goes to the State House Seeking Preemption of Local Government Control
- Stephen R. Miller on Why are building inspectors so often on the take?
- Josh Hightree on What makes people leave rural areas, and what makes them stay
- Jessica Shoemaker on What makes people leave rural areas, and what makes them stay
- Jamie Baker Roskie on Why are building inspectors so often on the take?
- New Land Use Articles on SSRN
- What to make of the fierce new debate over the efficacy of California's energy codes?
- The W&L Top 100 Law Review Rankings and the Land Use Law Scholar
- CFP: 2015 Future of Places Conference (lead-in to Habitat III) in Stockholm: Deadline of April 15
- Water Down Under: A Report from Australia by Barbara Cosens: Post 7: Conjunctive Management Down Under