Arlington and Progress

Arlington (Texas) has always been one of my favorite examples of economic development. As a recent story has pointed out, few cities have done more to put themselves on the map.

A great cartoon from the Fort Worth Star Telegram

A great cartoon from the Fort Worth Star Telegram

On a related note, voters will get a chance to derail future economic development by voting for a constitutional amendment that bars the use of eminent domain for private development. A lot of people in government seem very anxious to assure the people that they will not be coming after citizens’ private property. However, the kind of public-private partnerships that an expanded use of public allows would suffer under this amendment. That would seem to push Texas toward reliance on government-owned development and make it harder for large scale commercial developments inside cities. If you want to hear the other side, the Fort Worth Star Telegram has an editorial endorsing the amendment.

The amendments and their ballot language can be found on Secretary of State’s website. The complete text of the eminent domain joint resolution is also online.

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