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Houston Metro: Trains, Buses, and...Eminent Domain?

Leonard Gilroy
January 31, 2005, 11:34am

As if the story of Houston's one-year-old light rail system couldn't get any worse, the Houston Business Journal reports that Metro wants to get in the eminent domain business: How many times have we heard this before in public policy? Over time, exceptions make a mockery of the rule, despite the best of original intentions. And as a fairly typical dysfunctional urban transit agency, don't they have bigger fish to fry, such as keeping the trains and buses moving? Journal writer Bill Schadewald is rightly skeptical: Read the whole thing.

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform

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