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NPT Media: Rosenbaum, eminent domain in the WSJ

A story about the use of eminent domain, which points out the con (“many cities can designate wide areas as blighted, which gives states the right to exercise eminent domain over all buildings in those areas, even well-maintained structures”) and the pro (“Following legislation passed in the wake of Kelo … some government agencies are ‘limited from using eminent domain even when property is in a serious state of decay.’ “)

Here’s the article:

There Goes the Neighborhood: A Fight Over Defining ‘Blight’, by Nathan Koppel, April 30: Marvin Rosenbaum, whose family runs a bus company in El Paso, supports the proposed Texas measure. In 2006, he says, he learned that one of his company’s bus terminals was in a broad swath of downtown El Paso that was declared blighted, as part of the city’s effort to revitalize the area with condominiums, hotels and stores. “We aren’t blighted at all,” Mr. Rosenbaum says. “Blight should be determined parcel by parcel so that you don’t suffer due to the neglect of others.”


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 1, 2009 at 11:50 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. The bus terminal operated by Marvin Rosenbaum’s family looks like the Black Hole of Calcutta. The conditions and upkeep are even worse than the humblest bus station I have witnessed in either rural or urban Mexico. The need to make a profit and provide the cheapest priced transportation for poor people has created a place of shame for this City. Moreover, the swap meets lots which also belong to the Rosenbaum family make our downtown look ghetto.


    May 1, 2009 at 5:20 pm

  2. I think eminent domain should be mandatory when there are property conditions that are horribly deplorable,
    Rosenbaum dos’nt seem to qet it, when El Paso wants and needs to badly fix up the downtown area blight stands in the way of progress.


    May 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm

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