The bridge, closed to the public because of safety concerns since Nov. 28, will be shut off completely from a collection of auto salvage yards and a waste hauler at the end of this year.
And though there will be some reimbursements, the eminent domain process does not make up for lost income, state officials said this week.
“We compensate for the property value and moving expenses,” said state Department of Transportation Spokesman Anthony Ilacqua.Most small businesses fail. It is trial and error until it is gotten right. But when it is gotten right, they are self sustaining, reliably employ people, and become nuclei around which other entrepreneurs cluster to begin the same trial-and-error process until there are survivors among themselves. Over time, a web of relationships develop with customers and businesses that becomes self-reinforcing. The value of a business is more than property and inventory. Its most important part is what used to be called "good will" -- the web of relationships. The web is often irreparably disrupted when government takes a property, changes a traffic pattern, or changes a rule.
For a state that professes to be soooo concerned about "economic development" and preserving jobs, and is willing to spend a Million Dollars a job to attract new jobs in some places, how easily it is for them to simply sweep away the years' long efforts of some people.
When government says it cares about jobs -- don't believe it.