Property rights were probably the last thing on President Barack Obama's mind when he selected Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. But that hasn't stopped Sotomayor's nomination from reigniting the long-simmering national debate over the use and abuse of eminent domain.http://www.reason.com/news/show/134366.html
Campbell Soup Co. has asked Camden officials to acquire the city's historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. store through eminent domain so that it can be knocked down to make way for an office park the company is developing.http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/49074676.html
All the bells and whistles have been stripped from it — most notably “starchitect” Frank Gehry and his expressionist building and arena designs — but the cost of developer Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards project has ballooned by nearly a billion dollars, state officials said today.http://www.nypost.com/seven/06232009/news/regionalnews/brooklyn/atlantic_yards_budget_balloons_by_nearly_175734.htm
Under a new agreement unveiled Monday, Ratner will pay just $20 million upfront – with the other $80 million spaced out over 21 years.
Milwaukee may have an opportunity to shape the future of Wisconsin eminent domain cases. A case facing the Common Council involves a dispute between owners of a private parcel of land and the city, which wants the land to be developed.
The red brick arches on the facade of the New York Mets' new stadium rise stories above a pristine plaza of plants, bushes and walkways, encasing the baseball team's $850 million playground. Yards away, just across the street, sits the “Iron Triangle,” a decades-old eyesore made up of auto-repair shops and junkyards.