26 November 2002
Rooked in the Queen City
Rookwood Exchange, they call it, and when it's done, it will be a major commercial development along I-71 in suburban Cincinnati, valued at $125 million. And all they have to do is, um, get rid of the people who actually own the property. This might be a problem, since some of them don't want to leave.
Today, the Norwood City Council will consider whether to conduct an "urban renewal study," widely viewed as the first step towards seizing the homes under eminent domain. One problem: the neighborhood doesn't come close to meeting the city's definition of "blighted," which would seem to make the study superfluous unless, of course, you're the developer and you'd like to force the issue.
The eminent Gregory Hlatky delivers some condemnation of his own:
Any councilman who votes for this study should be tarred, feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail.
In response, they will probably enact a feather tax and an import quota on tar.