Texas sucks, part 2

October 18, 2005 at 3:54 am (Planning)

I don’t have a link for this, so you will just have to trust me. It’s from the current issue of Planning magazine.

“However, not everyone saw the city’s offer (of $425 million to fund the new Dallas Cowboys stadium) as a good deal. The city (Arlington) authorized condemnation procedures to begin on dozens of properties in early July. By the end of that month, 12 landowners had filed suit, challenging the proceedings.

“Meanwhile, the Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 7, which limits the use of eminent domain for private parties or for the purposes of economic development. While the bill seems likely to be signed by Gov. Rick Parry, who has publicly applauded it, it still won’t affect the stadium in Arlington. Among the bill’s exemptions is ‘a sports and community venue approved by voters at an election held on or before December 1, 2005.'”

That’s right, and be sure to keep your eye out for Texas’ new campaign finance law, which will prohibit corporate donations “except when said contributions are earmarked for illegal redistricting purposes by a man with the initials T.D. and who held the office of Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives at any time on May 1, 2005.”

I could provide some cynical commentary, but what’s the point.


1 Comment

  1. rock creek rambler said,

    DC’s negotiations have failed, so they are about to seize the property needed for our new stadium.

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