25 June 2005
Post-Kelo (part 42)
Advice from McGehee:
Properly prepared, you should be able to spot and head off a threat before itís right on top of you; youíll know who, among those with the power to seize your home, might be open to persuasion to vote against doing so. Youíll also know other involved people in your community that could help you fight in other ways. When it comes down to a fight, youíll be better off having more options sooner, not one last-ditch option when the bulldozers roll up.
Meanwhile, somewhere in England:
Prosser: But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the planning office for the last nine months.
Arthur: Yes. I went round to find them yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call much attention to them had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything.
Prosser: The plans were on display.
Arthur: And how many average members of the public are in the habit of casually dropping round at the local planning office of an evening? It's not exactly a noted social venue is it? And even if you had popped in on the off-chance that some raving bureaucrat wanted to knock your house down, the plans weren't immediately obvious to the eye, were they?
Prosser: That depends on where you were looking.
Arthur: I eventually had to go down to the cellar...
Prosser: That's the display department.
Arthur: ...with a torch.
Prosser: Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.
Arthur: So had the stairs.
Prosser: But you found the notice didn't you?
Arthur: Yes. It was on display on the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.' Ever thought of going into advertising?
Prosser: It's not as if it's a particularly nice house anyway.
Arthur: I happen rather to like it.
Prosser: Mr Dent!
Arthur: Hello? Yes?
Prosser: Have you any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I just let it roll straight over you?
Arthur: How much?
Prosser: None at all.
Damned bypasses.Posted at 4:57 PM to Political Science Fiction