annie oakley wrote:
Before you try to cause a stink, you might want to see what the zoning is there. I know a lot of people down here that live in The David Shoe building, Ice Cream Factory and the Mockbee.. All three buildings have studios and practice spaces in there, some people live there...Which is fine and good, but TOTALLY illegal.
The buildings are zoned industrial and while it is not illegal to rent out spaces for work, it is against fire codes for residential living. You might be in this situation, because many people do a "don't ask don't tell" way of renting, by putting a blind eye towards people living there because, they want the money...and it is nearly god damn impossible to change zoning like that..But if they got busted by the fire marshall, they would be screwed.
And your case would be totally bunk.
The real problem with this is that the goddam government is involved at all. If you want to sleep in a building rated commercial, put in a smoke detector, pay your rent, and go to sleep. How this is any of the City of Columbus' business is completely beyond me. Property rights are less fashionable to worry about than first amendment rights, but they are just as important because they reinforce the autonomy of the individual against the government.
The recent uses to which eminent domain has been put are absolutely outrageous. ED is meant for matters urgently effecting the ability of the state to govern - a legitimate use being building interstates that are capable of supporting military traffic. Within the last few decades more and more developers are using it as a way to legally steal land - campus partners are a notorious example - and when this behaviour is put to a vote - like the Morse road connector - it is resoundingly defeated. Using ED, Donald Trump attempted to run a senior citizen out of her house so he could build a casino parking lot! Even if ED is not used, the threat of it will make the landlord in question more likely to sell out, because he figures resistence is futile; so then the tenants are out on their asses. This is the legacy of "highest and best use;" a revolting land grab by businessmen who want the government to do their dirty work for them. The highest and best use of a property is the use the legitimate owner makes of it - provided he does not harm his neighbours.
If you are right that this is gearing up to be another land grap by the patriots for profit at Campus Partners, and if you have grounds to resist, even if you lose you would be doing the decent and moral thing. When we make it easier for local government to act soley as an extension of selected and agressive local business interests, we deserve what we get.