Tag: Eminent domain

  • Letters on Wichita Bowllagio

    Letters recently appeared in the Wichita Eagle regarding the proposed Bowllagio project, a west side entertainment destination. Bowllagio is planned to have a bowling and entertainment center, a boutique hotel, and a restaurant owned by a celebrity television chef.

  • Jeff Fluhr updates status of downtown Wichita

    Last Friday, Jeff Fluhr, president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, addressed members and guests of the Wichita Pachyderm Club. His topic was the future of downtown Wichita and its revitalization. “It’s very important that we have a downtown that is very clear and very concise on where it wants to go,” he said. He…

  • Kelo abandonment holds lesson for Wichita

    In New London, Conn., developers wanted to build a new business complex on land owned by a number of homeowners, including Suzette Kelo. She didn’t want to sell, and the case eventually wound its way to the United States Supreme Court. In the decision, the court ruled in favor of the ability of cities to…

  • Wichita planning puts freedom, prosperity at risk

    Mr. Mayor, members of the council, I’m here today to ask this council to put aside consideration of this proposal. My reasons are not particular to this proposal or planning firm, but rather I am concerned that we believe we have the ability to successfully plan at all.

  • Wichita city council: more travel on tap

    At tomorrow’s meeting of the Wichita City Council, approval of more travel is on the agenda.

  • Wichita downtown revitalization discussed on Kansas Week

    Bob Weeks discusses planning for downtown Wichita revitalization and what he learned on his trip to the Platinum Triangle in Anaheim, California. Host Tim Brown and guest Randy Brown also appear. From the KPTS Television show Kansas Week, August 14, 2009.

  • Wichita’s getting ready to plan

    The danger we face is that Wichita’s plan will end up like almost all other urban plans — a top-down effort micromanaged by politicians and bureaucrats, people whose incentives are all wrong. We already have the structure in place, with our mayor promoting the plan for downtown as his signature achievement, and a tax-supported downtown…

  • Sedgwick County needs to slow down, deliberate land purchase

    Sedgwick County seems to be in a rush to make a huge decision that will have far-reaching and long-lasting effects on our county. We don’t have, however, anywhere near all the information we need to make this decision. We need to slow down and decide what role we want to have county government play in…

  • Eminent domain abuse, then economic failure

    The Cato Institute has a new video that details the history of Kelo v. City of New London, in which Suzette Kelo’s house was taken from her using eminent domain and given to a private developer for purposes of economic development. “As it happens, the space where Kelo’s house and others once stood is still…