If word gets around that you are giving away free stuff, pretty soon the line is going to get really long.
Such is the case with Calexico Redevelopment Agency.
The RDA board, which actually is the City Council wearing a different hat, appears to have gotten a bit of a reputation. That rep appears to be if you are a developer and don't want to pay for a large portion of your development, the Calexico RDA is the place to go.
That reputation goes back for years and years, and some of the examples of businesses that have started in the pink as a result of the board's largesse are the Calexico Wal-Mart and the Calexico 10 movie theater complex.
While helping get businesses started in a poor area bereft of jobs is a good thing, the idea behind the creation of redevelopment agencies was to improve blighted areas. Whether areas that have never been developed or have been farmland are blighted is an intriguing question, particularly in Calexico, where such areas have been developed with RDA help in recent years.