Massachusetts Rolls Back Urban Renewal Restrictions

A new law allows for cities to use eminent domain without first proving a neighborhood is 'blighted.'
June 17, 2004, 6am PDT | Jeffrey Goodman
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Under a new law set to begin in July, any area in Massachusetts can be seized by eminent domain and turned over to private developers regardless of whether the neighborhood is 'blighted' or not. Also, cities will be allowed to set aside up to a quarter of their area as 'development districts' where eminent domain can be used. Many activists fear these powers, which expand upon the 1950s-era urban renewal laws, will lead to a reckless real estate explosion.

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Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 in Boston Herald
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