Re: If you own the garden
We appreciate your input. Sad but true revelations in the real world of CGs. I've told that only 5% of all CG have site permanency. Now I understand why.
Thank You, Jim
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From: "a.h.steely" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 15:49:19 -0500
>To the party that thought that the government can not take the property if
>you have a deed... I have seen the government take - for a dam project on
>the upper Delaware River - huge acreage and then arrest squatters who lived
>on the property for years as well as some of the people who refused to sell
>even after eminent domain went through the courts. The dam on the Delaware
>was finally found to be not viable or some such nonsense. That was over 30
>years ago when I lived in a town named Lambertville, N.J. which is across
>the bridge from New Hope, Pa. Those farmlands and homes were owned in their
>entirety by the deed holders, unlike the lands of western Penna. and W. Vir.
>down through Kentucky which have underground rights owned by coal companies.
>Most city property sits on land that the city can use for sewers, power
>conduits, etc. The bundle of property rights means nothing if the
>government decides that your land is wanted for something the elected
>officials vote is for the common good. In the state capitol of Harrisburg,
>Pa. I have watched the common good defined as whatever some developer
>convinced an elected official was good for the economic well-being of the
>We just had a representative named John Barley retire because he eminent
>domained his neighbors for property to be given to family members building a
>dump. But for years (since the 1960's) he had been the bag man for payments
>to the state legislators... a fellow Mason of Mr. Barley told me that.
>No matter how much of the bundle of property rights your community garden
>organization owns, it is not safe.
>Sincerely sorry to correct your wishful belief,
>Paralegal and former law student in a real live law school.
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