Tuesday, November 16, 2010

That is a super-sized footprint of public land Mayor Dean would hand to private developers

It looks to me that if Karl Dean has his way (which he usually does) on the future of the fairgrounds, Metro will sell off nearly all of the non-flood-plain land to private real estate interests while trying to get credit for cleaning up flood-risk creek basin that would not be real-estate-amenable anyway. The big chunks of public property the Mayor intends to privatize for short-term sales tax relief are highlighted below.

I don't have a dog in the fight on the questions of auto racing or an expo center, I just do not think that Metro should jettison valuable public land wholesale to private special interests. And as a taxpaying Nashvillian, I do not appreciate the heavy-handedness used to ram this through, especially with no consideration of Antioch neighborhoods.

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