"Get out. Your kind is no longer welcome here"
Thursday, March 16, 2006 :::
A potential eminent domain case in DC points out one of the things Joe Waldo said at the recent TMG meeting:
The rich, politically connected and white have almost nothing to fear from eminent domain. Those who fall on the other side of those markers do.
How, then, to explain the case I noted earlier from Cumberland County? I spoke with Waldo about this, and asked why the Cumberland school system wanted to regain the property in question. He said the parcel had been vacant for some time, the buildings were in need of repair and that there were a number of other code-related problems with the school. The County, it seems, wants to use some of the rooms in the existing school building for a brief time - six months to a year. There appears to be ample precedent for such limited takings.
But rather than take only the space the County needs, they want the whole plot -- the building and the 20 acres surrounding it, and they want to pay less than half what the current owners have spent on repairs and upgrades.
This case is very curious. But the methods the local government is using are not. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why they fought so hard against the Joannou language in the property rights bill. The old methods have worked well in the past. And they wanted nothing to prevent them from being used in the future.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 3/16/2006