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Eminent Domain Abuse

This Land Is Their Land: Progressive Professor Defends Eminent Domain for Corporate Gain

Evan Bernick | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

You can't have progressive government without leaving skin on the sidewalk. That's the essence of Professor Jedediah Purdy's jeremiad against Professor Ilya Somin's recent book, The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain.

"Enbridge Sued Us, We Didn't Want to Be Here"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Botsford lost a significant battle, but has not lost the moral and legal war over his right to deny takings of his property. His family is now one step closer to an appeal to the North Dakota Supreme Court, where hopefully the issue of eminent domain will be examined.

Yes, in Your Country: Judge Says City of Philadelphia Can Take Artist's Studio, Turn It Into Grocery Store

Evan Bernick | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

James Dupree is a world-renowned artist and native son of Philadelphia, who is about to see his art studio turned into a grocery store, thanks to the rubber-stamp review that passes for judging when his city exercises the power of eminent domain.

Ben Hallman

Mayor Takes Bold Stance Against Foreclosures

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 08.16.2013 | Business

As the mayor of Richmond, Calif., Gayle McLaughlin believes it's within the city's rights to seize hundreds of home mortgages at risk of foreclosure a...

Not Your Grandma's Eminent Domain -- This Time, It Could Be Used to KEEP Grandma in Her House

Richard Alarcón | Posted 12.12.2012 | Los Angeles
Richard Alarcón

Historically, eminent domain has been used to force people out of their homes, but what if we could use eminent domain to keep families in their homes?

Dan Wang

New Jersey Land Grab: 'It Was Like Being In A War Zone'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Wang | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Santos Cruz still remembers the first time he heard the demolition crews. "They came without any warning at 6 a.m. outside my home," he said in a rece...

Atlantic Yards Stopped?

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

Longstanding opponents Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and Brooklyn Speaks got a favorable response last month and will have a hearing tomorrow, Dec. 2...

NBA: NETS CEO Brett Yormark Tells It Like It Really Is!

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

We opponents probably can all agree that Atlantic Yards still won't happen as described at various points along the way: not the jobs, not the opening date, not the tax revenue, not the housing.

Bloomberg/NYC Gave $131 Million to Bruce Ratner

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

This whole Atlantic Yards boondoggle thing is still getting more amazing.

Last Holdout of Atlantic Yards Speaks Out!

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

Despite being delayed years beyond its original schedule, FC Ratner persists in pursuing its increasingly expensive dream of taking 22 acres of real estate in Brooklyn with eminent domain.

Ratner: Atlantic Yards Is Not a Public Project

Daniel Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daniel Goldstein

What else, besides a private project, could you call a plan that has been run and controlled by a private entity while it is completely dependent on public resources and government actions?

Forest City's Longshot Bond Issue in Brooklyn

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

As Forest City Enterprises markets bonds for Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn -- which includes the most expensive basketball arena in the country -- I'm struck by how tenuous the whole thing is.

The Specter of Condemnation: What Isn't Public Use?

Daniel Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daniel Goldstein

Most observers wouldn't consider luxury condos and a privately owned basketball arena with lucrative naming rights accruing solely to the developer -- Atlantic Yards -- to be a "public use."

Governor Paterson's New London

Daniel Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daniel Goldstein

While considering a Nets arena in Brooklyn, Paterson ought to pay attention to the ugly eminent domain saga in New London. That so-called "economic development" is now acres of vacant lots.

A Pileup of Lawsuits Slams Atlantic Yards

Daniel Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daniel Goldstein

Where are the charges of frivolity when it comes to Ratner's, Bloomberg's and Paterson's hardheaded goal of building the most expensive arena in history, in the middle of a recession and housing crisis?