The NY Daily News reports on the EDC driven effort to jump start the Willets Point development project: "THE CITY'S attempt to create a blank canvas for its sweeping Willets Point mega-development is set to kick off this week. But holdout landlords and business owners in the gritty industrial zone are vowing not to go without a fight."
Of course, to describe the property owners as, "holdouts," is to view this controversy from the perspective of those who are doing the holdup-using an eminent domain gun at the heads of recalcitrant property owners as a means to, "negotiate." And how is it that folks can be characterized as holdouts if they have yet to be contacted by EDC? Let's refrain from using the language of the oppressor-it becomes an inappropriate defining moment.
Language is very important here-as should be the depiction of the total lack of good faith by the city's development agency in regards to the use of eminent domain: "EDC officials said they have reached a deal with nearly 90% of the landowners in the area designated for the first phase of the project. There are nine holdouts. "As we seek to reach agreements with the nine remaining businesses, we will also begin the legal process that gives us the option to condemn these properties if needed," said EDC spokeswoman Julie Wood.