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April 29, 2010

It came from the Blogosphere...

A Good American Wife, Nutritional Values

We picked up a Twix and headed to the Atlantic Yards, a horrifying construction project that is kicking people out of their homes but has the up side of entertaining toddlers with large moving trucks. Once we were done watching Eminent Domain in progress, we headed to the Atlantic Center, where we ended up in the toy aisle of Target. How did that happen? I'm not sure. I was buzzing off an influx of chocolate-cookie-caramel.

Brownstoner, Freddy's: Where's It Gonna Be?

As previously mentioned, the owners of Freddy's have accepted a small payment from Forest City Ratner to move to a new space at 4th Avenue and Union Street. We scoped out the intersection and there only seem to be two possible spaces for Freddy's to move into. One is 4th Avenue entrance of Maria's Mexican Bistro (which is now only operating out of 669 Union Street, around the corner). The other is the grated space at 228 4th Avenue, which is located between two delis and definitely had some lights on inside when we snapped this photo. Any thoughts on which of these places (or perhaps another nearby space) is the bar's most likely new home?

Brooklyn Vegan, Freddy's is closing on Friday, but opening somewhere else

Oxygen Rich Environment, Government and Property Rights

Now, a man in the Atlantic Yards area of Brooklyn, who was the only holdout in an eminent domain case, has finally acquiesced. You can read about it on Volokh.

The man was bullied and forced out when his property was seized under eminent domain. Why? A politically connected developer wanted the property.

The Volokh Conspiracy, Last Atlantic Yards Property Owner Agrees to Sell His Land Under Threat of Condemnation

On the plus side, Goldstein’s dogged resistance to these condemnations helped focus public attention on the problem of eminent domain abuse. The state court decision upholding it is an important setback for property rights. However, many other state courts have gone the other way over the last 15 years. During that time, numerous state supreme courts have invalidated Kelo-like “economic development” takings under their state constitutions — including Illinois, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina (see this article for cites to these cases). Only the Atlantic Yards case and the Connecticut Supreme Court’s narrow 4–3 decision in Kelo itself have gone the other way.

Brownstoner, Closing Bell: Barclays on Message

A tipster spotted this mobile outdoor advertisement for a certain small development project coming soon to a blighted area near you.

Images: Brownstoner

Posted by eric at April 29, 2010 1:25 PM