Hubris Alert Update: Eminent domain

Mike Martin has the scoop on what sounds like a chaotic city council meeting Monday night.

Hindman wasn’t sure who would own the newly-acquired land — the city or the museum — and he didn’t know if anyone had contacted property owners Jack and Julie Rader, Adam Dushoff, and Matt Jenne.

So began what 4th ward councilman Jerry Wade called an “information vacuum” that was on full display at last night’s Columbia City Council meeting.

My earlier post on the subject here.

That the city – and Darwin Hindman’s been mayor what, thirty years? – couldn’t roll this eminent domain possibility out without cooking up a giant crapstorm just boggles the mind. They’re willing to use one of government’s crudest instruments to relocate a museum they don’t even know the proper name of? The museum itself didn’t know of the plan? What the hell is going on here? To quote a certain English scribe, something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

(for the record, the State Historical Society of Missouri is one of Columbia’s truly unsung treasures…their Thomas Hart Benton exhibit was big-city quality)


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

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