were right -- It was a Bad Deal!!
It's not nice to say "I told you so", but we did in
1998, and we were right. We warned the morons in Arlington they were
buying a pig in a poke, and we were right, and will be proven right in the next
few years. As fun as it is to be right, it doesn't cancel the wrong and
disruption to those homeowners in Arlington who were forced to sell their homes
at residential prices to Jerry Jones for him to use their property for his
BUSH ISSUES 'PRIVATE PROPERTY' EXECUTIVE ORDER:
Protecting the Property Rights of the American People
For Immediate Release, Office of the Press
Secretary, June 23, 2006
Executive Order: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights
of the American people against the taking of their private property, it
is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to
protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by
limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to
situations in which the taking is for public use, with just
compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and
not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private
parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.
Sec. 2. Implementation. (a) The Attorney General shall:
(i) issue instructions to the heads of departments and agencies to
implement the policy set forth in section 1 of this order; and
(ii) monitor takings by departments and agencies for compliance with
the policy set forth in section 1 of this order.
(b) Heads of departments and agencies shall, to the extent permitted
(i) comply with instructions issued under subsection (a)(i); and
(ii) provide to the Attorney General such information as the Attorney
General determines necessary to carry out subsection (a)(ii).
Sec. 3. Specific Exclusions. Nothing in this order shall be
construed to prohibit a taking of private property by the Federal
Government, that otherwise complies with applicable law, for the purpose
(a) public ownership or exclusive use of the property by the public,
such as for a public medical facility, roadway, park, forest,
governmental office building, or military reservation;
(b) projects designated for public, common carrier, public
transportation, or public utility use, including those for which a fee
is assessed, that serve the general public and are subject to regulation
by a governmental entity;
c) conveying the property to a nongovernmental entity, such as a
telecommunications or transportation common carrier, that makes the
property available for use by the general public as of right;
(d) preventing or mitigating a harmful use of land that constitutes a
threat to public health, safety, or the environment;
(e) acquiring abandoned property;
(f) quieting title to real property;
(g) acquiring ownership or use by a public utility;
(h) facilitating the disposal or exchange of Federal property; or
(i) meeting military, law enforcement, public safety, public
transportation, or public health emergencies.
Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be
implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the
availability of appropriations.
(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise
(i) authority granted by law to a department or agency or the head
(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
relating to budget, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(c) This order shall be implemented in a manner consistent with
Executive Order 12630 of March 15, 1988.
(d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or
benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity
against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities,
officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
June 23, 2006.
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|I'm not a lawyer, but I don't
see anything in the President's Executive Order that says cities can take
people's homes for sports facilities, even if technically owned by a city.
The section that makes me happiest is Section 1.
That appears to me to
prohibit taking people's homes to give to sports team owners to build a sports
facility that is totally controlled by one or two business owners. In the
case of Jerry Jones' planned "Glory Park" (ought to be called "Glory Hole"),
that is going to be a shopping center next to his football stadium.
Hate to burst your bubble, but I
interpret this proclamation relating only to the Federal Government
actions, not state and local entities which are the real threat.
won't "eminently doom" your property for private development. At
least they'll say that. That order can probably be rescinded if
necessary or voided, amended, and excepted by motivated bureaucrats
or future administrations.
I don't know that the feds
have a track record of condemning property for private use anyway.
Local governments have
so increased their gluttonous appetite for tax revenue that it
guides everything that happens at city halls. This proposal will
not stop deals that potentially bring in money to feed the city's
Regarding your attitude on
urban living, I agree somewhat. However,
while exercising recently at Bally's on McKinney Ave and looking out
the window at the midrise apartment building behind Lombardi's I got
a case of apartment envy.
If I lived there I would
have a very short walk to Albertsons, Bally's, The Magnolia
movies, The MAC, Turtle Creek, the Katy Trail, The Walmart Grocery,
Walgreens, Hook Line and Sinker, a Dart Station, cleaners and
several restaurants and bars. Oh, and I guess that trolley wouldn't
be so annoying anymore but useful.
Cheap cab ride to Love
Field, City Place movies, Greenville Ave and Deep Ellum.
My car would stay in the garage
most of the time. It would be a truly urban lifestyle that isn't a
big city yuppie wannabee type of thing but a real functional,
attractive and convenient environment. I'm staying put,
but I certainly see the great possibilities and benefits of living
there. See Washington Post article:
Bush Limits Eminent-Domain Seizures
Section 1 would certainly prohibit city councils and crooked politicians from
taking people's homes to give to other individuals for redevelopment. Does
it come too late to help those poor people in Connecticut?
Good one. Around 1954,
Berman v Parker was the Supreme ruling that extended the government's
reach to move us closer to Commieville, no matter what their intent.
The state is or was suppose to have made illegal the locals'
confiscation. I don't
know what has happened to this piece of
People are constantly fooled
by the lure of $$$ that the sports bring in.
That recent article says the stats
show that football does not bring in the $$.
But, we don't
need no stinking stats to back up
The Dallas Managed News
most reluctantly reported on an academic study that confirms what you
instinctively know. I say "reluctantly" because they stuck a very
important story in their Saturday edition, which advertisers know is a dead day
as far as newspaper readers. In the
case, almost every day is a dead day for readers. Their circulation
continues to drop like a rock. Still, this is an important story.
Pro games depress tax revenue
NFL, NBA cited, but hockey, baseball said to
boost economic activity slightly
Saturday, June 24, 2006
? Football may be king in these parts, but that doesn't mean much at the
A new statewide study co-written by a
University of Texas at Arlington economist found that
sales tax revenue drops by more than $560,000 every time a city hosts a
regular-season NFL game.
games lower sales tax revenue by $16,000 per game, the study found,
while NHL and Major League Baseball games tend to boost average sales tax
revenue by small amounts.
"When it comes to NFL games, that
number seems awfully large and negative, but I'm convinced it's there," said
UTA's Craig Depken.
jams that accompany Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans games also lead
to what Dr. Depken calls the "hunker-down" and "skedaddle" factors.
Fans might spend money in Irving during a Cowboys
game, but more residents are likely to avoid gridlock by staying home or
driving to a neighboring city to shop or dine.
... The study found that college football games
aren't big moneymakers for larger cities but that they can boost the economy
of small towns like Prairie View or Kingsville.
The study crunched sales tax data
from 126 Texas cities from January 1990 to April and analyzed the effects of
professional and college sporting events.
Critics of the study say it is too
focused on sales tax revenue and doesn't take into account many benefits of
professional sporting events.
Linda DiMario, president and CEO of
the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, ...
The teams promote civic pride, attract millions
of dollars in free publicity and help support adjacent businesses, Ms.
DiMario said. Local sports teams generate hundreds ? in some cases thousands
? of jobs, she said. Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers and is
building a stadium for the Cowboys.
... Previous research has shown that the average
three-game Rangers homestand pumps about $2 million into Arlington's
economy, she said. That's about half of what Dr. Depken's study estimated.
Robert Cluck said he doesn't believe the research ? especially the
data on the negative sales tax effects of football games.
... Dr. Cluck said he trusts
a city-commissioned study estimating that the new Cowboys stadium,
which will open in 2009, will generate $1 million to $1.5 million in new
sales tax revenue annually.
Maura Gast, executive director of the
Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau, said that nothing in the study
surprises her. Cowboys games attract few
out-of-towners staying in Irving hotels, and traffic around Texas Stadium
probably depresses the city's economy on game day.
... Football has increased Irving's name
recognition, Ms. Gast said, but all people know is that the Cowboys play
there and it's near Dallas. That doesn't necessarily
translate into a big boost in tourism.
Daniel Oney, economic development
research manager for Dallas, said the study appears to be reasonable. He
said that he would have projected a higher sales tax impact by the Mavericks
but that the figures are still in the ballpark.
"The net impact is never as big as it's being claimed
by the boosters," he said.
... The planned Glorypark shopping center, which
will be wedged between the Cowboys and Rangers stadiums, could brighten the
economic outlook on Cowboys game days if fans stick around after the game to
eat, drink, shop or watch a movie, Dr. Depken said.
... The study, which also was researched by Dennis
Coates of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will be presented
this week at the Western Economic Association International conference in
Here is link to the study,
which is just lethal to the pro-arena crowd's propaganda.
Mega-Events: Is the Texas-Baylor games to Waco what the Super Bowl is
Dennis Coates, Dept. of Economics, University of
Maryland, Baltimore County
... Baade, Bauman
and Matheson (2006) examines sales taxes in Florida, focusing on the effects
to sports strikes and lockouts. ... Neither the work stoppage nor the
opening of new facilities or arrival of new teams is found to have a
statistically significant effect on the host city's share of state taxable
I will never forget those
grinning idiots in Arlington standing there on election night when they got
enough votes to give them authority to steal people's homes to give to Jerry
Jones for his shopping center and football stadium. They all looked like
throwbacks to the 60's. Don't they really look stupid now?
Arlington's Mayor doesn't believe the research results, but
he trusts a city-commissioned study.
Doesn't that just say it all? He doesn't trust the results of an
independent research study, but he trusts the results of a study paid for and
commissioned by the City of Arlington.
That's the problem with polls and commissioned studies. The results are
frequently pre-determined to please the person/entity paying for the poll or
study. Mayor Cluck-Cluck-Cluck wanted a study to justify his part in
stealing peoples' homes, poor people's homes. One little lady died before
they could move her out of the home where she raised her children.
In Dallas, we are getting hype from the Victory development around the
Hicks/Perot Arena. It's been frontpage news all week, print, radio and
television that the "W" is finally opening. However, there is still much
concern that Victory will be the final nail in Downtown's coffin.
The view from Victory
Will this high-end hotspot leave downtown down and
Sunday, June 25, 2006 b
... For developer Ross Perot Jr.,
Victory is the beginning of a new city within a city,
urbanism luxe, that will revitalize downtown and help shore up its wobbly
"In today's world, people want
something special," he says. "Just to go to the usual stores has no great
appeal. That told us what Victory ought to be ? something new to Dallas."
wonder whether this eventual $3 billion concentration of hotels,
condominiums and chic shops and restaurants will permanently skew the
redevelopment of downtown, siphoning off its best resources and leaving the
rest to fend for itself.
... "I was skeptical at first," says University of North Texas
economist Bernard Weinstein, "but there is obviously a lot going on. My
question is how many destinations can downtown support? Will Main Street be
a destination? The West End and the Arts District? A lot of bets are being
placed, but it's still a thin market."
... Victory is designed to be an island of
privilege, focused on high-end shopping and entertainment, and inhabited
mainly by professionals with expensive tastes and salaries to match. It's
not a mix that most urbanists like, but it's not necessarily a bad thing,
according to John Fregonese, author of Dallas' new comprehensive plan.
... If Victory flourishes, the energy will
likely spread across Stemmons to the Design District, already abuzz with
plans for residential development. Here's where the affordable housing that
Victory and Uptown lack may begin to appear.
But Victory's success will also
increase pressure on fragile parts of downtown such as the West End, which
has been slumbering for a decade and with the loss of
the West End Marketplace and several key restaurants is on life
I have long since stopped
considering myself as a "Downtown" person. There was a time, when Downtown
was as much a part of my life as my residential neighborhood. I still want
it to succeed in its rejuvenation, but I am no longer optimistic. I love
it that the Mercantile is being restored and converted to residential.
Downtown looks very different than it did just a few years ago.
I don't know whether it's my advanced age or assimilation into the suburban feel
of Northwest Dallas, but I can't imagine living in those rabbit warrens that are
all over Downtown. I see lots of mew residential structures Downtown, but
I don't see more people on the streets -- other than the street bums.
Don't the Downtown residents ever just want to go outside? Living in that
kind of density may be fun for awhile, but it would have to get old eventually.
I lived in Oak Lawn most of my adult life. As my neighborhood became
over-developed, I increasingly yearned for some privacy. I wanted to live
in a detached home where I didn't hear water running from my neighbor's commode.
I wanted to live in a detached home that wasn't so vulnerable to a neighbor's
dried up Christmas tree catching fire or other carelessness.
Apartment fires force 109 out of their homes;
Officials doubt 3 blazes in eastern, northeastern
Dallas are linked
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Gina Fries thought she'd already had her
brush with bad luck at Eastfield Village.
Ms. Fries, 47, survived a fire more
than a decade ago at the Far East Dallas apartment complex and moved to
Mesquite. Three weeks ago, she moved back to Eastfield Village, figuring
catastrophe couldn't strike twice.
... Ms. Fries was among 109 people who awoke
Sunday to an uncertain future after three apartment fires in eastern and
northeastern Dallas forced them from their homes. The fires occurred within
hours of one another Saturday, but investigators do not believe they are
... The first blaze started at 6:45 a.m. at
Eastfield Village in the 8400 block of La Prada Drive, displacing about 25
people and causing an estimated $235,000 in damages.
Hours later, a fire forced 40 people
from their homes and racked up $260,000 in damages at Ivanhoe Apartments in
the 8900 block of Park Lane.
Then came the late-afternoon blaze at
Northgate Village in the 12300 block of Plano Road. That fire displaced 44
people and caused $120,000 in damages.
... Ms. Fries, the two-time fire evacuee, spent
Saturday night in a vacant apartment in the same Eastfield Village complex.
Unsure when she would be able to return to her apartment, her belongings
Sunday were limited to a change of clothes, a sleeping bag and her two
One of those cats, Misty, was minutes
from death Saturday but was located and saved by firefighters using thermal
imaging. Ms. Fries, who is unemployed, said she hopes to take Misty in for
veterinary care but does not know how she'll pay for it.
I rest my case about the
dangers of concentrated multi-family.
It worries me to see the concentration of rental units Downtown, because we have
the recent history of Vickery Meadow. If you had told anyone in the late
70's, early 80's that part of town would be a ghetto in 2000, your warnings
would have fallen on deaf ears and/or been ridiculed loudly. But, that's
Ross Perot, Jr. bought the Mavericks as a real estate deal, so he could use the
city's eminent domain rights to accumulate land for his project, as well as get
outrageous tax abatements. He didn't know anything about basketball, and
cared even less about it. He and Tom Hicks spent over $4 million with Con
Jerk/Ron Kirk as their front man to get Dallas voters to approve a pig in a
Will someone tell me how much money in increased sales tax revenue and new
property tax revenue we have seen in the General Budget from our generous
financing of the Perot/Hicks arena and related development? It's going to
be close to Zilch.