Thursday, 26 April 2007

Blighted my ass

Radley Balko takes note of my hometown’s inability to convince a Missouri Court of Appeals panel that an area of downtown Clayton is ‘blighted’. Quoth Balko:

The idea that expensive office buildings there could be “blighted” is laughable.

Indeed; the corner of Hanley and Forsyth is pretty close to the least blighted area in the St. Louis MSA by any plausible definition of the term.


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In Missouri the working definition of “blight” has been stretched to include “there is another land use that has a somewhat plausible chance of generating more tax revenue (at least according to the developer that wants us to take the property and turn it over to him).”

Hopefully, this case will result in a somewhat narrower definition.


Indeed, that certainly would be nice. I’m not holding my breath, though.

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