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Eminent Domain

Higher Dread: A Chicago Public University Is Poised to Seize Private Property

Hilary Gowins | Posted 11.19.2015 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

Bill has been fighting for months to stop a state university from seizing the property his family has owned since just after World War II -- and he's about to lose.

Club for Growth Anti-Trump Ads Miss

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Arnold Steinberg

The repeated conservative attacks on Donald Trump have failed, because they are off the mark. Candidates like Rick Perry, Rand Paul, and Bobby Jindal did not have the positive image and standing to attack, and they came across as desperate and petulant bottom-feeders.

An Open Letter to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Anne Dilenschneider

Dear Editor, Now that you have interviewed Mr. Corey Goulet, TransCanada's president for Keystone Projects, and the South Dakota Public Utilities hea...

As Kelo Turns 10, Meet the New Victims of Eminent Domain

Hilary Gowins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

If the government can take land from Bill Tong, Garrick Beil and the homeowners in New London, Connecticut, the same thing can and will continue to happen to other property owners across the county.

Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates.

We Hold These Truths to Be Inconvenient

Dave Helfert | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Dave Helfert

The Congressional Republicans' willingness to turn their backs on the "sanctity" of private property rights demonstrates a lack of genuine belief in anything beyond "feed the kitty." You'd think Democrats would be on this like a chicken on a June bug.

This Is How Republicans Would Oppose the Keystone Pipeline

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans do not rank their policy talking points from the most important to the least. Instead, they find those that resonate at the most basic level, and that can be easily drummed into peoples' psyches.

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.

Returning to Eminent Domain for Underwater Mortgages: Speak Quietly and Swing a Big Stick

Ray Brescia | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Ray Brescia

Perhaps the mere threat that local and state governments might get serious about using eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages might be enough to get banks to do something they have been loathe to do from the beginning: write down principal and right-size mortgages to align them with current property values.

The Looming Foreclosure Crisis: As the Fed Runs Out of Bullets, Local Governments Step In

Ellen Brown | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Ellen Brown

Mortgage debt overhang from the housing bust has meant lack of middle-class spending power and consumer demand, preventing the economy from growing.

Kate Sheppard

From Bundy To The Keystone XL: Where's The Property Rights Outrage Here? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has become something of a folk hero among the anti-government, pro-property rights crowd, thanks to his re...

XL Pipeline: Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Waxman Question Koch Bros

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.06.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

As a writer on environmental issues, as well as a person concerned about the future of the planet, I am anxiously awaiting the decision on the XL pipe...

A Philadelphia Artist Fights An Epic Eminent Domain Battle

Gene Marks | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts
Gene Marks

Would someone please help James Dupree already? For weeks I've been following this story. Hopefully you know it by now. In case you don't, he's the a...

Cities Tackle Inequality

David Morris | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
David Morris

A growing number of cities are moving into the power vacuum left by a dysfunctional Washington and too-cautious state governments to tackle inequality.

Heart Attacks, Depression and Suicide: The Toxic Fallout From the Foreclosure Epidemic and a Prevention Strategy That Just Might Work

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

I worked for 30 years as a cardiologist in Richmond, and I have always seen the city's problems through the health lens. What can a focus on health teach us about Richmond's foreclosure crisis? What is the impact on the health of families and neighborhoods?

Demolition Without Due Process

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Multiple issues and the transferring of properties between the city, state, LSU and the VA all combine to make this a complex case. However, the lawyers argue, the procedures followed and the reasons for them are in total contradiction of the law.

Our Most Powerful Weapon Against Wall Street? The Reverse Eminent Domain Movement

Les Leopold | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Les Leopold

All of us have spent a great deal of time complaining about Wall Street and how hard it is to take them on given all their money and political power. But here we have several cities with more in the wings actually doing something about it. Wouldn't it be something if progressives all over the country spread this campaign to their own town councils?

Profiles in Cowardice: Conservatives, Eminent Domain and Civil Rights in the Mount Holly Case

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

It would seem that something we could all agree on is that eminent domain should not be used as a tool for racial discrimination. That is precisely what is being alleged by the homeowners in the Mount Holly case.

Richmond, California Mayor Occupies Wall Street

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
C. Robert Gibson

Formerly known as a Chevron company town, Richmond is home to one of the largest oil refineries in the Bay Area. But Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, who identifies with the Green Party, has been in office since 2010 and is already giving big banks and oil companies all they can handle in the way of opposition.

Activist, Mother, ExxonMobil Shareholder: Jane Dale Owen

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Believing that she was suffering from the flu for a two-year period, Owen sought out doctors, toxicologists, and chemists. From them she learned about particulate matter and how it causes symptoms that mimic the signs of allergies such as hay fever.

The Attack on U.S. Property Rights Continues

Benjamin Powell | Posted 11.06.2013 | San Francisco
Benjamin Powell

Will it help the citizens of Richmond if the city is successful in forcibly seizing the mortgages and re-writing them?

Ben Hallman

Mayor Takes Bold Stance Against Foreclosures | 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...

Underwater Mortgages, Drowning Cities, and Rogue Financiers

Robert C. Hockett | Posted 10.06.2013 | Business
Robert C. Hockett

For six years and counting, multiple local foreclosure crises have brought relentlessly worsening blight, growing numbers of abandoned neighborhoods, and rapidly proliferating municipal bankruptcies to America's cities.

Wall Street Lobbyists Nervous As Cities Use Eminent Domain to Protect Homeowners

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Now the same Wall Street players who crashed the economy in the first place are trying to stop local governments from solving the problem.

To Rescue Local Economies, Cities Seize Underwater Mortgages Through Eminent Domain

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In almost every part of the country, entire neighborhoods -- and in some cases, whole cities -- are underwater. They are not victims of natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. They are drowning in debt, victims of Wall Street's reckless and predatory lending practices.