In Clarksville, only the city's voice matters

Tonight, the Clarksville City Council will hold its first hearing on the revised Clarksville IMG_2895.JPGCenter Redevelopment and Urban Renewal Plan. Residents are surprised that a previous public “hearing” satisfies the city’s responsibility to consider input from the community. I’m surprised that Mayor Johnny Piper admits to tearing up the comment cards of his constituents.

This entire process has been marred by misinformation and an offensive disregard for the community. While the revised proposal does tighten the criteria for acquiring homes and businesses to some extent, Clarksville’s property owners are still not protected from eminent domain for private gain – no matter what the city says.*

*City Council puts over 1,800 homes, businesses and churches on chopping block without notifying the affected owners.