I think the direction this amendment has taken has been foreshadowed in the past few years. Developers file at the last minute just to see if they can buy more time, but single-asset cases aren't favored, and they haven't been favored for some time. Judges have seen enough of these cases that they no longer buy pie-in-the-sky projections from developers. The changes reflect what many judges I was dealing with were imposing anyway.
We're a watchdog group that has become the eyes and ears of where the tax money is going in Walton County. We spend a lot of time, through volunteer efforts, to analyze budgets, analyze expenditures and try to look at different government programs to see if there's an actual justification of benefit back to the taxpayer.
Steinbeck wrote about the Depression and how hard people's lives were, but he also makes so much comment about itinerant farm workers and race relations. He does a wonderful job illuminating character. He records the best and worst of human behavior. If you're looking for a window back to this time, this is it.