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August 27, 2007

EMINENT DOMAINIA: The Big Apple Bites!

WILLETS POINT, QUEENS
DrinkingWithBob.com, Eminent domain...

DuffieldSt-AMNY.jpgDOWNTOWN BROOKLYN
amNY, Will Duffield Houses be railroaded?

Lewis Greenstein owns a house that stands at the center of a wrenching controversy over the preservation of black history versus the revitalization of Downtown Brooklyn.

His home, 233 Duffield St., built in 1847, contains what he says is clear evidence that it was used to shelter and feed black slaves escaping along the legendary Underground Railroad to Canada.

But a half-million-dollar report commissioned by the city found otherwise, and now a city agency has recommended the use of eminent domain to bring down Greenstein's and other similar homes on the street to build a park and parking lot seen as the centerpiece of a major redevelopment project.

Slideshow tour of Greenstein's Duffield St. home.

WEST HARLEM
El Diario, West Harlem no se vende
OPINIÓN - par Jordi Reyes-Montblanc

La Columbia ya es dueña o controla las dos terceras partes de las 17 acres que ha designado como blanco de su expansión en Manhattanville. La universidad ha decido que esas 17 acres son esenciales para ellos y si pueden comprar todas las propiedades le han pedido al estado que las condene las expropie y se las de a la Universidad.

La quinta enmienda de la Constitución permite que el gobierno expropie propiedades privadas para uso público, como construcción de un hospital, una carretera, o una escuela publica. La Universidad es una entidad privada, no lucrativa pero no de beneficio publico ya que cuesta aproximadamente $60,000 al año para poder estudiar en ella. Por tanto, la CB9M se opone firmemente a la condenación y expropiación de las propiedades que rehúsan venderle a Columbia.

SOUTHEAST QUEENS
The NY TImes, Southeast Queens Is Split Over Makeover Proposal
During the past several years, the Bloomberg administration has repeatedly demonstrated that neighborhood redevelopment plans have little consideration for current residents and business owners. In Southeast Queens, one of the currents residents' concerns is the use of eminent domain.

Planners got a friendlier response from Community Board 12, which represents Jamaica, South Jamaica, Hollis and St. Albans. Ms. Black, the board’s chairwoman, said her constituents were willing to support the plan after being reassured that they would not be required to sell their property under eminent domain and that sections of one- and two-family homes would be preserved. The difference in responses, she said, has to do with “socioeconomic status.

Posted by lumi at August 27, 2007 8:15 AM