I love reading news stories and finding some gem of a quote deep inside. For example, with respect to the French Goverment’s policy of selling various historical properties to reduce maintenance budgets and pay down the national debt: (gacked from the NY Times)
Many investors buy with only a vague idea of how they will use the property, and the finance ministry says the government does not care.
“They won’t have the right to destroy it, or paint it red, or build a tower in the garden,” said one official at the Ministry of Finance, who could not be named because of ministry rules. “But they can use it for a bordello as long as they obey zoning laws.”
Zoning laws rule!