Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Government reallocation of wealth

After putting up a stiff fight for years, the town of Corte Madera, in Marin County, California, was forced by a court order to use taxpayer coffers to build affordable housing that will almost certainly decrease homeowners' property values. Clearly, if you thought Kelo was the only government assault on community rights, you were wrong. Please note that here, it was a Court that forced a town to take a step that it was obviously unwilling -- very unwilling -- to take. Those suburban dwellers who escaped the big cities knew full well that any housing that falls within HUD's purview is a recipe for blight, crime, and falling property values. It will be interesting to sit back and watch whether the community can sustain this "court knows best" social engineering at the Town's expense.