GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed enhanced enterprise zones create Internet backlash

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 10:41 a.m. CST; updated 4:34 p.m. CST, Friday, March 9, 2012

Every so often, an issue captures the collective imagination of the community in a way that gives rise to an emergent process for civic concern and responsibility. So it now goes for the recent, unanimously approved Columbia City Council Resolution R20-12 to establish an enhanced enterprise zone board and certify a rather large portion of the city and a smaller portion of Boone County as blighted. The resolution then goes on to describe the definition of blight per Missouri state statutes and delineates the area to be included. Strangely enough, much of the EEZ area is residential.