Hey, I have a reader challenge for you. I need your take on something. A week ago I told you the city sent a letter to the owner of a car wash on MLK telling him it was planning a project and his property "will be needed for the project."
English Mafia Club So you tell me: When City Hall came calling on the Davenports, would you say it looked jolly?
I said it was an "eminent domain" letter officially notifying him that a process was under way by which he might wind up being forced to sell whether he wanted to or not. Eminent domain is the power of a government to buy your property even if you don't want to sell. It's also called "condemnation."
I don't know how much of the aftermath you followed. Some of it was pretty hilarious, as long as you weren't Freddy or Dale Davenport, the father and son who own the car wash. The mayor and the City Council person for that district and the city manager and just about everybody else at City Hall pointed fingers at each other and said somebody else sent the letter. Nobody could even say what the so-called project was.
So I made an accusation. I said the letter was a bogus severed horse-head under the sheets kind of a mafia threat to scare the Davenports into selling, maybe to some private party with a cheap price in mind. And I issued a challenge. If that was not the case, then somebody at City Hall just say who green-lighted it. Tell us who was behind it. At least name the project. Clear the air.More »