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May 10, 2012

Does Barbra Streisand Know How Barclays Arena Came to Be?

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Eminent domain for private gain? Discuss.

So Barbra Streisand is booked at Bruce Ratner and Mikhail Prokhorov's Barclays Center in Brooklyn. We're supposed to get schpilkas or something?

Here's what's making us verklempt. Barbra, polymath that she is, has previously posted an article on her website which expresses opposition to eminent domain for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would cut across the US. The column her site featured doesn't look kindly on "...the fact that this foreign-owned corporation would use the autocratic power of eminent domain to take land from unwilling sellers along the 2,000 mile route..."

Good on her.

But we wonder, then, how she justifies lending her name and bright shining star power of a rare live show to the early opening days of the House that Eminent Domain Built aka Barclays Center. Is it that she is a liberal do-gooder in the mold of Frank Gehry and Bruce Ratner?

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Posted by eric at May 10, 2012 12:06 PM