What the Sam Hill?, or Mark Trail fights eminent domain

In the March 13 CQ Weekly (paid subscription required for most mortals), Chris Wilson relates the delightful story of the latest opponent of land-grabbing developers: Mark Trail! The heroic but usually boring and damned-near-ageless fictional naturalist finds himself facing the wanton use of eminent domain:

The trouble starts when an unscrupulous gambling magnate, Sam Hill, sets out to build a new road to his casino in Trail's beloved Lost Forest. After conferring with an area road commissioner, Hill contrives to claim eminent domain privileges on bogus grounds and seize the land outright.

Reading this prompts tears of nostalgia. Damned if this doesn't remind me of my recently-ousted alderman.

More - and funnier - on the Trail tilt against rampant development at the Reason staff's Hit and Run. Use the SF Chronicle's site to catch up on all the frantic four-color action.

(Why did the blogger cross-post the road?)

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