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  •  Kind of the other way round (9+ / 0-)

    Somebody decided to put the school, nursing home, apartments, etc. next to the old fertilizer plant.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 03:34:37 PM PDT

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    •  But should the plant have had a buffer zone? (0+ / 0-)

      The plant occupied a small tract of land wedged between the road and the railroad.  There was no buffer.  So what of the land around them?  The town itself expanded northwards in the space between I-35 and the railroad tracks. That put it near the fertilizer plant.

      So if a plant is built that can go boom, should it have to own the land in its destruction zone, or should the nearby land be encumbered by it with no compensation?  It's not as if land is expensive there; it's farm land, and they could have put it a mile or two up the tracks, where the city wouldn't have developed nearby.  But I-35 had an exit nearby.

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