Who Cut Down My Tree?

In a recent neighbor dispute, retired baseball All Star John Olerud petitioned his local board of adjustment in Washington to force his neighbor to cut down a rare Chinese pine, worth $18,000, so Olerud could have an unobstructed view of the Seattle skyline, improving his own property’s value by $255,000.  Ilya Somin at Volokh Conspiracy…

Under Siege: How Government Centralization and Expansion Puts Democracy in the Service of Special Interests

In its first full year of business in 1998, the 99 Cents Only store in the north Los Angeles city of Lancaster did over $5 million in sales. This was welcome news to the city, given the space had been vacant ever since the new “Power Center” shopping development, where 99 Cents was located, opened…

First World Problems

From the Government vs. Childhood chronicles, “[a] zoning board in Fairfax County, Va., is standing firm in its decision to order a war veteran to destroy a tree house he built for his two young sons.” He said he contacted Fairfax County and was given assurances that he didn’t need any special permits to build…