"Blight" and Eminent Domain
Can't you just see the "blight"?
In a redux of the Kelo case in CT a politically connected developer, Bruce Ratner, wants Big Brother to codemn the 22 acres in order to build high rise residencies, commerical properties and a basketball arena for the New York Nets.
Money quote from George Will: "To seize the acres for Ratner's use, government must claim that the area -- which is desireable because it is vibrant -- is "blighted." the cognitive dissonance would embarrass Ratner and his collaborating politicians, had their cupidity not extinguished their sense of the absurd."
I feel smart when I read George Will, its like a word of the day calendar. Today's word is CUPIDITY.
eager or excessive desire, esp. to possess something; greed; avarice.
Make sure to use it at least once this week.