So says the normally level-headed Matt Yglesias: This raises “really tricky legal-type questions” about the permissible scope of eminent domain law, but a fully empowered mayor could get the job done. Detroit famously can’t get 40 percent of its traffic lights to work, and its 58-minute 911 response time for major crimes is abysmal. Abandoning … Continue reading There’s Nothing Wrong with Detroit That a Mailed Fist Couldn’t Solve
The Atlantic Yards controversy isn't new, but this recent Grantland article by Malcolm Gladwell on how rich men were able to use eminent domain in this case to get richer is still noteworthy. It loses a little steam at the end when he starts to rant a bit. But Gladwell nicely lays out what went on while highlighting the ugliness of eminent domain … Continue reading Another Reason to Root Against the Nets
Not sure I should quit my day job and try to write poetry for a living, but here is the first poem I think I've written since a lame attempt to woo a girl in high school: Respect for precedent Overrated Just query Susette Kelo.