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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Cowboys equal Arlington, Arlington equals Cowboys?

We have been repeatedly told by the powers that be that the city of Arlington will own the stadium and that the Cowboys will simply lease the venue. This supposedly avoids the issues involved in Kelo v. New London.

In today's Star Telegram is this headline:
Cowboys owe homeowner extra $1,500 for stadium-area property

Wait a second. The city is purchasing the land, not the Cowboys. We were explicitly told this last week by the Mayor - the city buys the land because the city has the power of eminent domain and therefore can get a better price for the properties - if you can call an estimated $350,000 to $500,000 per acre a better price.

Yet, here is the first line of the story:
The city will have to pay Walter Herrington $1,500 more for his property that is in the path of the Dallas Cowboys stadium, county court-appointed commissioners decided Tuesday.

So, who is purchasing the land - the city or the Cowboys? Or does it not matter. Perhaps these Freudian slips reveal just how much intertwined the Cowboys and the city government actually are. The city pays, the Cowboys pay, it really doesn't matter because in the end the two are inseparable.

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