Archive for December, 2007


Another way to make farmland too expensive…

December 22, 2007

is to exempt it from inheritance tax, as is done in Scotland.  Farmland prices have more than doubled in three years, and only 24% of the sales are to working farmers.  No surprise in any of this.  Thanks to Mark Monson for the link.


Underground Woman: My Four Years as a New York City Subway Conductor

December 16, 2007

Why does the Chicago Public Library have five copies of H Roger Grant’s history of the demise of the Erie Lackawanna? And why are all five copies in the HWLC (main library)? I have no idea, but they really were all on the shelf when I looked. I borrowed only one, browsed around a bit, and found Marian Swerdlow’s book referenced above (1998, Temple University Press). Swerdlow was (and apparently remains) a labor activist, and was among the first women to work operating jobs for the NYCTA. Not an elegant or well-edited book, but very absorbing for anyone interested in the subject. Because Swerdlow’s transit career ended more than 20 years ago, some of the information– but probably not much– is doubtless out of date. Read the rest of this entry ?


Freyfogle on land rights

December 5, 2007

About a year ago U of I law prof Eric Freyfogle spoke on “two visions of private land” at APA. The session was recorded and the podcast is finally available (it may have been available for some while, but I just tonight found it.) It’s 97mb (Freyfogle doesn’t begin until about eight minutes in) and is here. (this link goes directly to the download. ) Some other APA podcasts are listed here and can be downloaded, with a bit of cut & paste, from here. (It is also possible to subscribe to these things but apparently that requires downloading the whole series, which is just slow)

update December 12: The link to Freyfogle’s talk should be correct now.  Thanks Bill Batt for the alert.