Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy Holidays

It has snuck up on me, but this is as good a time as any to wish all land use blog readers, scholars, and practitioners a happy holidays.  Exams are winding down, students are leaving for break, and practices are starting to move into holiday mode.  Chanukah starts tonight and the New Year will be here before we know it. 

I am reminded of a certain "holiday" poem in light of the spate of eminent domain and takings issues that we have highlighted recently here on the blog: Pfizer leaving New London; the Atlantic Yards case; the Severance case in Texas; the Stop the Beach case in the U.S. Supreme Court; and even the recent NY appellate decision that seems to go against Goldstein.  Now, this poem isn't exactly uplifting, but I hope you find it humorous.  I'm talking about Susette Kelo's Christmas card from 2006, after she lost her case.  It features a picture of her famous little pink house next to a verse that begins: "Here is my house that you did take" and goes on to say "I curse you all; may you rot in hell."

Well, putting that negativity aside, happy holidays to all, and enjoy thinking about holiday land use issues, from municipal holiday displays, to local aesthetic regulations, agriculture, regional and national transportation, building codes, local government schedules, snow removal (for some), economic recovery, [that pile of exams(!),] and any other way in which the holiday season intersects with land use. 

My co-bloggers and I have only been at this for a few months but it has been great to keep the blog as a forum for sharing ideas among the land use community.  Thanks for reading and participating.  We'll be here at the blog, so keep checking us out during your holiday.  Best wishes!

Matt Festa

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Great post, what are your New years resolutions?

Posted by: Happy Holidays | Dec 20, 2009 5:35:49 PM