Eminent Domain: The Debate Distracts from Pressing Problems

Research Report

Eminent Domain: The Debate Distracts from Pressing Problems

October 24, 2013

Abstract

Richmond, CA, has taken steps to become the first city in the nation to vote to use its powers of eminent domain to seize underwater loans and, the city argues, prevent foreclosures and neighborhood blight. We look at several cities that have considered this controversial strategy, evaluating what they have in common, and whether the plan, as proposed, will address the problems they face.

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