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Dear Decaturish – City of Decatur has contradicted itself on property rights

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Dear Decaturish – City of Decatur has contradicted itself on property rights


Dearborn Park. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfDearbornPark/

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Dear Decaturish,

I am conflicted on the outcome of last night’s City of Decatur Commission meeting regarding the decision to proceed with exercising eminent domain over the property near Dearborn Park.

Part of me supports the citizens who spoke in favor of the resolution at the City Commission meeting.  The City is in dire need of more green space and parks and a LOT less development.

On the other hand, for the past 10 years or so, when my neighbors and I fought for sustainable and reasonable development and green space, all we heard from city hall were lines such as, “We can’t take away property rights”.

So my question to city hall: Why is it you can take away this developer’s rights — which again I am not totally for or against — but you couldn’t stop other development adjacent to my neighborhood? It’s too late now. Nonetheless the question remains.

– Wardell Castles

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