Monthly Archives: December 2012

The concept of “landlord”: A short history from medieval times to the present

Written in 1951, Langston Hughes’s “Ballad of the Landlord” depicts a stereotype – the slumlord – which exaggerates the reality of landlords even for its own time half a century ago.

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The moral virtues of landlords

By Howard Husock
Director of Case Studies,
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

The following is a condensed version of Husock’s speech at SPOA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration of Question 9 last December.
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Famous poem: “Ballad of the Landlord”

1951 By Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Landlord, landlord,
My roof has sprung a leak.
Don’t you ’member I told you about it
Way last week?

Landlord, landlord,
These steps is broken down.
When you come up yourself
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The big picture

We’ve been saying it for a long time. Housing laws pushed by legal aid lawyers are designed to put private housing providers out of business so that tax-funded subsidized housing developers can take over.
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Rules for starting rooming houses: Where are they?

We went to the desk in Boston’s Inspectional Services Department where, we were told, the question of starting a rooming house could be answered. We explained that we had, hypothetically, a three-family house that we wanted to convert to a … Read More “Rules for starting rooming houses: Where are they?”

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