Quote of the Day - Wal-mart... do they like make walls there?
You may remember how the Supreme Court razed Suzy Kelo's house in New London last year by approving that City's use of its eminent domain power to condemn her house and turn over her land to a shopping center developer. You know the city council's mantra: we'll make more money in tax revenue from the mall-o-rama and bring more jobs to the community.
Hercules (it's not a comic book hero, it's a town some 20 miles north of San Francisco) has turned that theory on its head. According to the New York Sun, Wal-Mart owns a sizable 17-acre parcel in the town and wants to build there. Wal-Mart says it will create 275 jobs and bring in millions of dollars of tax revenue to a town of some 20,000 residents.
In response, the town has initiated an eminent domain action against Wal-Mart's property, and intends to seize it. The Friends of Hercules and the Sierra Club support the City. Wal-Mart is predictably none to happy about it, according to news reports.
There is apparently more than one way to use eminent domain laws. While Suzy may have lost her house to a shopping mall, Hercules' town council says they have taken steps to preserve their downtown merchants by taking away big box shopping.
Is turnabout fair play?