Monday, April 8, 2013
From Wilson Freyermuth (Missouri) via the property listserv comes the announcement for this Wednesday's Professors' Corner--the monthly free teleconference sponsored by the ABA's Section on Real Property, Trusts, & Estates. This one looks really interesting. See below for the info and dial-in instructions.
Professors' Corner: Legal Education and Uniform Laws Group Call
April 10, 2013, 12:30pm Eastern/11:30am Central/9:30am Pacific
Call-in number: 866-646-6488
The April 2013 program is entitled "Real Estate-Related Uniform Laws in Progress." This program will discuss the status of the two major uniform law projects related to real estate that are currently underway within the Uniform Law Commission (which we all used to know as NCCUSL).
The first project is a comprehensive revision of the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. The URLTA was originally promulgated nearly 40 years ago and has been adopted, either in part or in whole, in approximately 20 states. During this month’s program, Professors Sheldon Kurtz (University of Iowa) and Alice Noble-Allgire (Southern Illinois University), who are the co-Reporters for this Act, will discuss the current status of this project and some of the key issues being addressed in this revision. These revisions will receive their "first reading" at this summer's annual meeting of the Uniform Law Commission in July 2013. In case you’re curious, here is a copy of the current draft of the Act: http://law.missouri.edu/freyermuth/JEBURPA/2013apr2_RURLTA_MtgDraft.pdf.
The second pending real-estate related uniform law project is a new project to produce a uniform act governing residential mortgage foreclosure processes. This project began earlier this year after extended study by the Uniform Law Commission, as well as a stakeholder meeting at which input was taken from both industry and consumer groups, as well as federal and state regulators. The Act proposes to address residential mortgage foreclosure processes and mortgagor protections in both judicial foreclosure and nonjudicial foreclosure. During the program, Professors James Smith (University of Georgia) and Alan White (City University of New York), who are the co-Reporters for this project, will discuss the status of this project and the key issues being addressed in this project. Here is a copy of the current draft of this Act, which will likewise receive its "first reading" at this summer's Uniform Law Commission meeting: http://www.uniformlaws.org/shared/docs/Residential%20Real%20Estate%20Mortgage%20Foreclosure%20Process%20and%20Protections/2012mar25_RREMFPP_MtgDraft_Clean.pdf.
Please join us on Wednesday for this month’s call!
Friday, April 5, 2013
Steve Clowney over at the Property Profs blog regularly posts fun maps that he finds. Following that trend, I just have to share this new one I have stumbled across. The folks over at the gothamist blog have looked at public urination citations and created an interactive map of where you are most likely to get busted when you just really need to pee. Take home message for people in Williamsburg: make sure everyone goes potty before you leave your bar house. Maybe what this map really tells us though is that we need more public toilets.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Happy Dyngus Day! As everyone surely knows, the Monday after Easter is celbrated as Dyngus Day in Poland and in some U.S. cities with Polish-American cultural history. At the Land Use Prof Blog we like to feature holdiays that have historical and cultural roots that also involve local politics, community events and neighborhood effects--and therefore, land-use tie-ins. So here's a link to last year's post on Dyngus Day and land use.
So today's the day to get a pussywillow branch to chase around that special someone--no April Foolin', even if CNN's Anderson Cooper thinks it's funny and stupid. If I lived in Buffalo or South Bend (e.g.), I'd drop everything today and get down to the Dyngus Day celebrations!
I was intrigued by a story on the radio recently about how Google could accurately predict flu outbreaks in a locale weeks before the Center for Disease Control simply by the regional use of flu-related search terms in the search engine. It made me wonder what Google might be able to tell us about my own personal passions in and around land use.
I started noodling around with Google Trends, which shows the variability of a search term over time with the most searches labeled as 100. Here are some results that I think will fascinate land use folks. Foremost, here is the graphic that shows the relative number of times people searched for the term "land use":
Now, to all of us writing and reading a "land use" blog, the relative shrinking of land use searches does not bode well. I see at least two important potential lessons, both of which are unproven hunches. The first is a guess that searches for all things "land use" peaked around 2005 - 2006 because of the Kelo v. City of New London case, which brought land use planning and land use law into the media spotlight. Second, I would guess that there are other terms out there that really are about land use but go by other names. Here is a graphic that shows the Google search trends for several other big terms in the land use lexicon:
My question to the folks out there is... what are the land use terms that are on the rise? What are the terms in our field that are skyrocketing in Google searches? And moreover, what does that tell us about land use planning, land use law, and the public perception of the legal structures that frame the built envrionment? If anyone decides to spend time Google Trends-ing land use terms and finds one that is peaking now, please let me know and I'll add it to the blog!
Stephen R. Miller