July 10, 1994 |
Driving past the old Morton's site a few weeks ago, I noticed a banner draped over the front of the building-under-reconstruction: "Bernard Is Back!" it proclaimed. As if all of Los Angeles were waiting breathlessly. Bernard who? Why, Bernard Erpicum, the one-time all-powerful maitre d' at Spago, who decided the fate of would-be insiders every night, conducting parties to one of the coveted tables up front--or to the back realm where it was impossible to see or be seen. Needless to say, Mr.
April 27, 2003 |
Is there abuse in invoking eminent domain to take over private property for public use? A new study by the Institute for Justice documents that the government has taken or threatened to take by force more than 10,000 homes, businesses, churches and private land not for "public use," such as a police station or post office, but for private economic development in the past five years.
April 5, 2001
Tiger Woods, winner of the last three major titles, is going for history this week at Augusta National, while Greg Puga, a Bel-Air Country Club caddie from East L.A., is happy to be there. S1
July 20, 2005 |
The city of Boston couldn't accumulate enough land to build the gleaming new $800-million convention center it wanted on the south side of town. So the city government used its powers of eminent domain to snatch about 20 properties from private owners to provide space for the center, justifying the seizure on the grounds that the new center would boost the local economy. Today, the recently opened Boston center sits idle much of the time.
January 10, 1993
The "Real Estate Q & A" item entitled "Owner Options on Low Eminent Domain Offer" (Nov. 29) made a very unfortunate statement: "The government usually hires an appraiser who makes a low estimate of the land's market value." That is about as blatant and insupportable, undocumented a statement as I can possibly imagine. The rules and regulations governing real estate appraisal today are dramatically different than they were 15 to 20 years ago, when some of the types of actions described in your answer took place.
June 22, 2008 |
A small house once at the center of a Supreme Court decision on government seizure of private property has found a safe haven. The pink clapboard house that stood in the way of New London's efforts to build a riverfront project and sparked a property rights movement was disassembled, then relocated close to downtown. New owner Avner Gregory dedicated his house before about 200 people. "This was somebody's house and they were asked to leave," he said. "This is a house that represents a home to the everyday people of America."
November 13, 1986
The City Council took the first step in taking a 3.4-acre parcel through eminent domain to provide replacement locations for businesses that will be displaced from a nearby redevelopment project. Ford Street Management Co.
September 28, 2012 |
Digital Domain, the once-storied visual effects house co-founded by director James Cameron, has emerged from bankruptcy with new Chinese and Indian owners vowing to expand the Los Angeles-based studio. Digital Domain Media Group announced Sunday that it had accepted a bid from Galloping Horse America, a division of a Beijing media company, and Reliance MediaWorks, part of the Indian conglomerate Reliance Group, to buy the company's visual effects studios in Venice, Calif., and Vancouver, Canada, for $30.2 million.