Saturday, April 12, 2008

Privatization of City Airport sought

Like every mayor before him, Kwame has a plan to revive City Airport. This time, the News reports, it's runway expansion and privatization along the lines of the Detroit Zoo or Eastern market: the city would retain ownership of the airport but a private group would manage it.

Any plan would improve upon the present strategy. The city began buying out local property owners 13 years ago to create a "safety zone" around the airport and prepare for a possible expansion. The expansion never happened, the buyouts were never completed, and the neighborhood has been needlessly decimated. It's long past time for the city to follow through on its plans and make something of the airport or restore the surrounding community.

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