Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Political junkies have their eyes on Texas today because of the gubernatorial primary battle between GOP stalwarts Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. But March 2 has an even greater significance for Texans: it is Texas Independence Day.
On March 2, 1836, at Washington-on-the-Brazos, while Travis, Crockett, and Bowie were hunkered down at the Alamo, the "Delegates of the People of Texas" signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. It begins:
When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression.
So property rights are in the first sentence of the founding document. Also, of course, we can think about a war of this type as sort of an ultimate contest over land use. At any rate, much of Texas's culture and some of its contemporary controversies stem from the 1836 conflict and its cultural memory--particularly with respect to land use and property rights. For better or worse, Texas is more influenced today by its own founding narrative than perhaps any other state.
I'm not from Texas, but (as they say) I got down here as quick as I could. It's a great place to study land use law because of its history, geography, economy, demographics, and culture. (And then there's Houston . . . .) I have a backlog of Texas-related items for the blog, so I might just do a little more Tex-blogging in the coming weeks.
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- Katherine Dentzman on A Coordinated Approach to Food Safety and Land Use Law at the Urban Fringe
- Jesse Richardson on Local Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing
- Jamie Baker Roskie on Local Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing
- Samuel on Schleicher and Rauch on local regulation of the sharing economy
- Timothy Wayne George on Is Reed v. Town of Gilbert an important sign case?
- Jan 30 - Boston U Law - The Iron Triangle of Food Policy - AJLM Symposium
- "Basic Human Right" to Farm Your Lawn?
- CFP: Fordham Law: Sharing Economy, Sharing City: Urban Law and the New Economy
- Fennell and Peñalver on Exactions Creep
- March 11-13: Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute's annual conference: Western Places/Western Spaces: Building Fair & Resilient Communities