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Your Views: Big government, more traffic aren’t what Gainesville needs

POSTED: May 17, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Ten days ago, residents of Gainesville were told by the mayor that our government must be used to condemn the Pierce House (at the corner of Jesse Jewell and Queen City) “as quick and cheap as possible,” and that scores of citizens, who had gathered over the Lanier Plaza rezoning at the city courtroom, must “get on out of here, we (the council) have business to take care of.”

Surely the mayor, an honorable small businessman, cannot actually think that condemnation is what government ought to be about, and surely he doesn’t actually think that the council has business to attend to that doesn’t belong to the citizens or that the citizens should be viewed as cluttering our public courtroom.

Condemnation of private property, more traffic and lack of public input cannot take us where we want to go. If they could, then surely Queen City Parkway and Thompson Bridge Road, each carrying enormous volumes of traffic for decades, would have caused the Pierce House and Lanier Plaza to be maintained in conditions more acceptable to the council.

Our democratic freedoms are protected best when government is limited, and individuals look out for their interests in marketplaces, possessing even bargaining powers. Surely, the mayor and our council members simply haven’t considered how their actions and words may seem to their neighbors.

Big eminent domain government and more traffic haven’t been the answers in the past, and aren’t the answers for the future, or else we wouldn’t have many of the issues currently up for discussion.

Steven Wang
Gainesville


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