City's Ready to Part, Properly, With Its Surplus Property. And: Look Out, Payday Lenders.
|The city needs to auction off this slice of Greenville Avenue.|
This morning's briefing is particularly interesting for those Friends of Unfair Park who've asked to see a list of excess properties: The briefing contains 22 initial properties to be offered at auction -- including two downtown parking lots (on Corbin, near the West End, and on Commerce, adjacent to our old office), two former library branches (Walnut Hill and Pleasant Grove) and the old animal shelter on Forney. Me, I've always had my eye on that slice of Greenville Avenue you see up above. It'd make a great spot for a payday lender.
Oh, and speaking of...the BFA committee will also get its first look at City Attorney Tom Perkins's freshly minted ordinance regulating payday lenders. There's nothing in there about where they can do business, as previously hinted at, only how and how often. As in: "The cash advanced for a pay day loan may not exceed 20 percent of the consumer's gross monthly income." And: "An extension of consumer credit may not be payable in more than four installments."