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Disgusting. What were those (usually) good liberals thinking? Talk about shoving a dagger of fear into the heart of every lower to upper middle class home owner everywhere! At this moment, I am looking over my shoulder at Tucson Medical Center, which is right at my back door. They're going to build a seven-story building in the middle of their campus, but who knows? They might need our little brick ranch house for parking! Can't happen in Tucson? Most people remember how an old historic barrio was razed in the 1960s to provide room for a "community center" downtown. They actually called it a community center--even as they destroyed a community. But who gave a damn about a cloutless little group of Mexican-Americans who lived in a neighborhood of adobe houses? (Those adobes today, by the way, would have gone for a pretty penny.)

If the city fathers say a water park is coming near you, better watch your back.

Speaking of Tucson, here's part of the dissenting opinion rendered by Arizona native Sandra Day O'Connor, as quoted by the New York Times:

"The government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more," Justice O'Connor said. "The founders cannot have intended this perverse result."

It gives me shivers to hear a Republican talk like that. There is hope.

Michael,
Here's a similar case in Florida. What bothers me most of all is that they promised the developer if the business owner wouldn't sell out, the commissioners would condemn the property!
"In voting to do so, the commissioners were following through on a promise they made to developer Charles "Chip" Abele in July 2004. They signed a contract agreeing to condemn the property if the developer was unable to strike a deal with David Mach's father, George."
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-scra22jun22,0,5268415.story?coll=sfla-news-broward

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