Redevelopment: A Tale of Two Cities

The City of Los Angeles used eminent domain to take a popular Hollywood bar and numerous other small businesses so that the city could hand the land over to private developers planning to build a W hotel and million-dollar condos. Fortunately, there’s a better way to revitalize neighborhoods.http://reason.tv/video/show/58.html

Willets Point business owners accuse city of empty promises on development

The city’s ambitious plan for Willets Point, the bleak industrial zone in Queens, envisions a gleaming new commercial development to replace the chop shops and warehouses. But a growing chorus of ­discontent is rising among business owners there who accuse city officials of making empty promises.http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2007/2007-12-18-12-18_willets_point_busines_owners_accuse_city.html

Trump demands eminent domain

Just days after a deal between Fresno and Donald Trump to revive the bankrupt Running Horse golf course development was declared dead, Trump has given the city a new ultimatum — use its eminent domain power or he’s out.

http://www.fresnobee.com/business/story/268727.html

Condo-commercial proposal may require eminent domain

The city of Vista could consider using its eminent domain powers to help a developer acquire four parcels on North Santa Fe Avenue for an 8.9-acre residential and commercial project. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20071213-9999-1mi13santafe.html

Columbia expansion opposed in heated hearing

Opponents and backers of Columbia’s planned expansion into Manhattanville took their fight to City Hall Wednesday in a packed and tense public hearing. http://www.amny.com/news/local/am-columbia1213,0,1387728.story

Schulter derails eminent domain

Alderman Eugene Schulter, 47th, backed down from a plan to condemn privately owned businesses on the 4800 block of North Western Avenue and hand them over to private developers–sort of. http://www.pioneerlocal.com/newsstar/news/691241,SN-EminentDomainLatest-121207-s1.article

Finley River residents show courage

Castle Coalition members Dennis Sparrow and Jane Carpenter are respected nationally as property rights advocates, says Missouri’s Property Rights Czarhttp://www.zwire.com/site/tab6.cfm?newsid=19104330&BRD=2841&PAG=461&dept_id=603536&rfi=6