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February 4, 2005

Gambles forced from their home on Atlantic Avenue

gambles.jpg That's Atlantic Avenue in Norwood, OH, but it's a taste of things to come in Prospect Heights if Ratner isn't stopped.

The City of Norwood has forced senior citizens, Joy and Carl Gamble, from the only home they've ever known. The Norwood City Council justifies the eminent domain condemnation for reasons of blight. This "blighted" neighborhood is being cleared for a local developer to build a shopping plaza (or "lifestyle center" as developer J.R. Anderson likes to call it). Like the case of the Blankenships in Toledo, OH, the city refusd to wait until the appeals process unfolded or for the US Supreme Court to rule in the case of Kelo v. New London. The Blankenship's brake shop was razed while appeals were still pending.

Institute of Justice press release
Mother Jones, "The Condemned" (last month's article about the Norwood land grab)
MSNBC: Ohio couple accuses city of grabbing land
Email the Norwood City Council

Posted by lumi at February 4, 2005 7:32 PM