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Jack May Rises From Grave to Launch Negative Campaign to Pave Bells Bend
by Jeff Woods
on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 10:35 AM
They're baaaaaack. The real-estate speculator Jack May and his pitchman Tony Giarratana have started a new campaign to shove May Town Center down our throats. We have YouTube attack videos, negative phone calls aimed at derailing Sen. Douglas Henry's bill to preserve Bells Bend, and now--ta da!--Jack May's favorite columnist, Richard Lawson, flacking away again in the City Paper for paving the last green corner of Davidson County. It's just like old times.
"Somewhere along the line, people apparently have forgotten that we do have capitalism in this country and making money is what fuels that economic system," Lawson writes this week. He calls on Mayor Karl Dean to step up and take a stand.
"Until then, the opposition will continue to stomp its feet, chanting the mantra that the Mays are just greedy developers looking to make a buck by tearing up one of the last vestiges of the county's available agricultural land."
Actually, Richard, the mayor could come out for May Town Center, and we'd still chant that mantra and so would a lot of Nashville. You know why? Because it's true. May should have learned that much when he brought this dog of a development idea before the Planning Commission last summer and a parade of Metro Council members joined outraged residents in denouncing it. This development is a colossally dumb idea that would not only sully Bells Bend, but suck the life out of downtown.