In today's annals of terrible, conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity has papered a bunch of Detroit houses with eviction notices as a means of stating their case against the New International Trade Crossing bridge, which would link Detroit to Canada. The bright-yellow notices bore the words "EVICTION NOTICE" in clear block letters and then, in smaller print, explained that the Michigan Department of Transportation could actually take away residents' houses in order to build the bridge, which hasn't yet garnered legislative support. “It was meant to startle people,” said Americans for Prosperity state director Scott Hagerstrom, adding, “We really wanted people to take notice. This is the time that their opinions need to be heard. We wanted people to read it.” Naturally, the eviction notices were met with shock and awe from unsuspecting residents. Detroit Free Press editor Stephen Henderson calls AFP's actions "emotional terrorism" and points out that even if the bridge were to happen, remuneration laws would protect homeowners from actually being evicted.
· Conservative group: fake eviction notices were meant to 'startle people' [Detroit Free Press via Gawker]
· Stephen Henderson: Anti-bridge eviction notices evoke ugliness of blockbusting [Detroir Free Press]