12 August 2009
The Arizona Republic

At 86, Leon Spiro wants a resolution.

He is faced with a problem shrouded in legal ambiguity, rooted in arcane federal land laws and roundly dismissed by Scottsdale and some of its policymakers. Yet at least one local lawyer
says the uncertainty might come back to haunt other local landowners.

The dispute between Spiro and Scottsdale has developed over a 71-year-old law created to allow the federal government to sell surplus land in the Wild West. In the old days, parcels sold for cheap, so long as buyers committed to improve the land.

These days, the problem isn't about the land, but about the space in between.

Read the rest of the story at The Arizona Republic.

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