Thursday, October 30, 2008
Councilmember Barry has introduced legislation to acquire the Anacostia Square block via eminent domain. Called "Downtown Anacostia and Pennsylvania Avenue Eminent Domain Authorization Act of 2008", the bill hopes to jumpstart development where it has been languishing for far too long.
right on. please continue.
you make an interesting point. do go on.
ok. getting back to the facts. i like it.
nothing to argue with here.
which is why we are uber-eager to get it started.
My first instinct was to say something along the lines of "yes, but I'm not sure that eminent domain is the right way to go on this".
...but then I was sitting here and I couldn't think of any good reasons that I felt that way, and kept going back to how great it would be for something to actually happen on this block. fortunately this bill moves the whole development idea out of the sugerplum dreams phase and into something a little closer to reality.
and even if the eminent domain "option" isn't how it all happens in the end, it certainly puts pressure on some of the property owners to shape up or sell off.
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