Eminent Domain

August 22, 2008, 11am PDT
Monmouth County residents give their opinion on eminent domain, illustrating the growing concern and awareness of the general public of this tool.
The Coaster
July 28, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>1,300 property owners in Camden, New Jersey whose homes are in a new redevelopment zone were sent letters explaining eminent domain, but the city says it has no intention of taking their homes.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 7, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>It's known as the Iron Triangle, though some call the sewerless 13-block collection of auto junkyards just east of Shea Stadium an eyesore and disgrace. A controversial application of eminent domain is at the heart of the $3 billion makeover plan.</p>
Queens Chronicle
June 25, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Fort Worth, Texas officials try to tackle the thorny issue of gas pipelines snaking through residential neighborhoods.</p>
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
June 4, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Election Day provided a big boost for proponents of redevelopment in California. A statewide measure to restrict use of eminent domain lost badly, while voters in San Francisco and Napa County showed support for redevelopment projects.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
May 28, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Representatives in North Providence, RI are attempting to save a site used for a camp for inner-city youth from developers, and may resort to using eminent domain to do so.</p>
www.redorbit.com
May 23, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A provocative new exhibition at the New York Public Library challenges new bans on taking pictures in public space, and proposes the idea that photography is in some ways an exercise of eminent domain.</p>
The New York Times
May 23, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>As Mayor Bloomberg moves forward with an eco-friendly redevelopment for the crumbling Willets Point neighborhood, locals feel pushed aside and complain that eminent domain is out of control.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
May 2, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Two ballot measures -- one sponsored by property owners, the other by local government groups and businesses -- seek to tighten the rules around eminent domain, and potentially end rent control in the state.</p>
San Jose Mercury News
March 23, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Two ballot measures on the June ballot in California will challenge the state's eminent domain and rent control rules.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
Blog post
January 9, 2008, 12pm PST

Planners are split on eminent domain—one group believes it’s a critical component of planning since it allows them to implement plans more quickly. Others believe eminent domain does more to destroy urbanism than build it up. I’ve weighed in on it numerous times, including this commentary published by Planetizen.

Samuel Staley
Blog post
November 18, 2007, 7pm PST

Last year California was one of the states targeted by libertarians in the post-Kelo environment for an initiative that, if successful, would essentially outlaw takings. The country is still at near-fever pitch about eminent domain, but the really scary aspect of the legislation (modeled on Oregon's Prop 37) was that it would have virtually tied local governments' hands with regard to regulatory takings as well. In California Proposition 90 failed to pass after the New York developer who was financing the campaign stopped funding it. However, the Yes campaign had created some strange bedfellows, with poor African-Americans in particular advocating Yes votes as a way to end the destruction of their neighborhoods through badly managed redevelopment initiatives.

Lisa Feldstein
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