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December 15, 2005

Legal Blight

The NY Sun Editorial Board calls for closing the giantic loophole in NY State eminent domain law, the "hyperactive interpretation of blight."

Under the current laws both in New York and Pennsylvania, the government can seize any blighted property and pass it along to another private owner who will then develop it. It sounds reasonable to allow the government to seize vacant lots that would otherwise merely be home to tumbleweed and vermin, but in practice “blight” has been defined so fluidly that it can mean just about anything.

The example of phony blight given in the editorial is the seizure of property for the NY Times Headquarters, making Bruce Ratner the poster child of phony blight.

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Posted by lumi at December 15, 2005 7:23 PM