TAMPOA has claimed that losing Southard Street would cause that community to lose a large amount of value. The reason, according to TAMPOA, is that Truman Annex would no longer be a gated community, and gated communities, according to TAMPOA, are worth more than non-gated communities.
But what about a smart solution?
Here is what I suggest.
Erect fences and gates along Southard Street - thereby keeping Truman Annex gated. The street and sidewalks/greenspace are wide enough that fences would fit. (I've include an artists rendition of what this might look like. Also, since the guardbooth would no longer be necessary, I thought it nice to show what Southard Street might look like without it).
If the City incorporates an idea like this into their eminent domain proceedings then they could show the judge that there are not significant damages to Truman Annex. Remember, unlike many eminent domain proceedings in the United States, no one is losing a house here. Its a street and it will remain a street.
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