The dark side of zoning
With the Ashby high-rise controversy
and the scattered calls
for zoning - whether traditional or form-based
- Texas Monthly gives us a reminder from Dallas
of one of the dark side-effects of strong government control of land-use:
There are no winners in Dallas now that sixteen indictments have been handed down in a massive public-corruption case.
Not the city council, though none of its current members were involved. Not African Americans, who saw so many of their leaders paraded through the Earle Cabell Federal Building. Not investigators, who had been roundly criticized for their lack of progress after a dramatic raid of city hall way back in June 2005. And certainly not Dallas itself, which is doomed to witness the messy details play out in the media and the courtroom. The case boils down to this: Developer Brian Potashnik and his wife, Cheryl, are accused of bribing local officials to obtain permits to build low-income housing units in mostly poor, mostly black South Dallas. The U.S. attorney contends there was no shortage of takers, including Democratic state representative Terri Hodge, former mayor pro tem and recent mayoral candidate Don Hill, his wife and political consultant Sheila Farrington, and former city plan commissioner D’Angelo Lee. (Former city councilman James Fantroy was charged with embezzlement in a separate indictment.)
And, as everybody knows, corruption is like a cockroach: for every one you see, there are dozens or even hundreds you don't...
Labels: land-use regulation, zoning