Fear of eminent domain grips PG hamlet

Residents of a working-class neighborhood near the New Carrollton Metro station say Prince George’s County is trying to bring the area into a sweeping redevelopment project that could replace their homes with high-end condos, shopping and restaurants.http://washingtontimes.com/article/20071118/METRO/111180046/1004/Metro

Activist group mourns a mentor

“Miss Ann,” as she was known to the young people who live in the Marine Terrace, Ocean Terrace and Seaview Avenue area where residents are fighting the city’s attempts to take their homes by eminent domain, was a role model and mentor for many.

St. Louis Attacking Free Speech, Property Rights

In a double blow to free speech and property rights, the city of St. Louis is not only threatening to take an entire neighborhood for private development—it wants to censor a powerful and highly visible mural protesting the city’s eminent domain abuse and building support for reform.

Redevelopment plan draws debate

What was meant to be an educational presentation to the County Commission for the Clarksville Center Redevelopment Plan turned into a debate about nearly the entire downtown area being deemed as “blighted.”http://www.theleafchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071116/NEWS01/711160336

City, biz owners lawyer up over Willets

A group of Willets Point business owners and the city have been locked in a legal arms race over the last two months, anticipating a potential fight as the city moves toward the start of the approval process for a multibillion-dollar redevelopment of the area known as the Iron Triangle.http://www.timesledger.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19027330&BRD=2676&PAG=461&dept_id=551069&rfi=6

Lawsuit calls urban renewal plan a sham

The city government allowed itself to be used as a “Trojan Horse” for a nonprofit group’s effort to acquire valuable properties on the Christina Riverfront at discount prices, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chancery Court.

Linden signatures sought to save 1882 Linwood Inn

If the dollars don’t make sense for the city, a South Wood Avenue business that has transformed itself from a “shot and beer place” into a family restaurant could be allowed to remain in a neighborhood slated for redevelopment.http://www.thnt.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071113/NEWS1001-010302-711130413

Rowan Blvd. worries some

As the borough forges ahead with plans for Rowan Boulevard, some residents have raised concerns over how properties are being acquired to make way for redevelopment and are left wondering just how safe their homes are.

Rosemount divided over new project with old look

A group called “Save Rosemount” sees it as an abomination. Among their reasons: The need to exercise the city’s power of eminent domain to acquire one parcel, and the substitution of rentals for condos once the condo market went sour.http://www.startribune.com/332/story/1542792.html