Because Poor Cristian Guzman Needs a Home
The regular baseball season may be over, but the silly governance season in Washington, D.C. never ends!
The District [of Columbia] will begin using eminent domain to acquire parcels of land at the site of the Washington Nationals' ballpark by the end of this month, after unsuccessful negotiations with nearly half of the landowners.
City officials said they expect to file court documents to take over at least some of the 21-acre site in the coming weeks and have $97 million set aside to buy the properties and help landowners relocate.
The city made offers to all 23 landowners on the site last month but received no response from 10.
"We think there are some that we'll have good-faith negotiations with," said Steve Green, director of development in the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.
Love that "good-faith" bit. Keep in mind that the stadium deal will also cost taxpayers in that famously well-managed city around a half-billion dollars.
Link via Sploid, which had the winning headline: "They Should Rename Them the Washington Kelos."
I celebrated baseball's return to the nation's capital this May by calling the lot of 'em a bunch of liars.