Commentary

Negotiating at Gunpoint

“Cities use eminent domain most often as a negotiating tool with property owners,” explained [Indianapolis Mayor Bart] Peterson, who was speaking for the National League of Cities. “Just having the tool available makes it possible to negotiate with landowners.” Sure it doesââ?¬â??in the same way just having a gun available makes it possible for a bank robber to negotiate with a teller.

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Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.