Eminent Domain News, February 5, 2008

Pueblo, Colorado: “Urban” renewal in rural parts of Pueblo.

East Lansing, Michigan: The city council will vote on whether to ban eminent domain for private development projects.

Harrison, New Jersey: Public Advocate Ron Chen argues before a state appellate court that New Jersey’s redevelopment law doesn’t give property owners a real chance to challenge a town’s plan to seize property by eminent domain until it’s too late. Meanwhile, The Star-Ledger has visions of grandeur for Harrison.

Belmar, New Jersey: Apparently, a mall with successful businesses is not really blighted, according to another New Jersey appeals panel. The judges said a property has to be detrimental to the safety, health, morals or welfare of the community in order to be blighted. While this seems fairly obvious, it’s yet another baby step towards stopping eminent domain abuse in New Jersey.

New York: A great website for a Columbia student film project on the Manhattanville expansion.