Category: Kelo vs. New London

Still blighted after all these years? Part 3, Open to change … just down the road

8 October, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Chapter 121A, Cities, Eminent domain, Housing, Kelo vs. New London, Land use, Urban renewal, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] As explored in yesterday’s Part 2, after Marty Walsh became Boston’s mayor in 2014, succeeding Tom Menino, who over the course of two decades had made his own both the corner office in City Hall and the BRA as an instrument […]

Still blighted after all these years? Part 2, It doesn’t make much sense

7 October, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Chapter 121A, Cities, Eminent domain, Housing, Kelo vs. New London, Land use, Urban renewal, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] Yesterday’s Part 1 introduced the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s charm offensive to persuade its authorizers – the Boston City Council and then the state legislature – that it deserves to have its six decade charter extended for another decade, and as reported in the Boston Globe (17 […]

Still blighted after all these years? Part 1, Decades of negative history

6 October, 2015 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Chapter 121A, Cities, Eminent domain, Housing, Kelo vs. New London, Land use, Urban renewal, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith More than 58 years ago, you were established and given plenipotentiary powers – to approve, as the sole decision-maker, all property development decisions over the most important parts of your city; to approve unilaterally Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) agreements under Chapter 121A; and to take property by eminent domain.  You gained this power […]

No more ‘blight blanket’ eminent domain: Part 3, will it look like blight in other cities?

18 May, 2011 (16:37) | California, Cities, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Kelo vs. New London, Law, Legislation and policy, National City, Redevelopment, Theory, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   In yesterday’s second part of this three-part post, we saw that, under the revised blight-definition rules California adopted in 2007 – as reported in the San Diego News (regular font) and as articulated carefully in the Statement of decision […]

No more ‘blight blanket’ eminent domain: Part 2, did it look like blight to the judge?

17 May, 2011 (10:38) | California, Cities, ED4ED, Eminent domain, Kelo vs. New London, Law, Legislation and policy, Redevelopment, Theory, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith    Yesterday we saw that the Institute For Justice (I4J), continuing its multi-year campaign to roll back government’s authority in eminent domain for economic development (ED4ED), had followed up its Kelo win-by-losing by taking on another natural morality-play protagonist, the Community Youth Athletic Center, under […]