Sunday, July 02, 2006

The use of eminent domain in Cleveland's Flats

Certain Flats property owners are battling developer Scott Wolstein over his attempts to acquire their property, and he is using the Port Authority's power of eminent domain to force them into settlements they think unfair. This continues the question of whether using eminent domain to benefit private developments is acceptable public policy. (Christopher Montgomery and Sarah Hollander. "Property rights in spotlight." Plain Dealer. Sunday, July 2, 2006. Page G-1) The whole question has serious implications for historic preservation, as historic properties are often in choice location, have lower densities and may be more prone to creative interpretations of what is "blighted."


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