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.
July 20, 1998 |
While policymakers and Netizens continue to debate the best way to phase out Network Solutions' monopoly for registering domain names, the Internet Council of Registrars is forging ahead with its own plan to introduce competition. The Council of Registrars, also known as Core, said it is reviewing applications from companies that want to make money by registering new domain names once Network Solutions' exclusive contract expires this fall.
June 16, 2004 |
The Peyrauds of Domaine Tempier in Bandol were instrumental in bringing back this almost forgotten appellation due south of Marseille. Domaine Tempier's rouge and rose have been on the list at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, where their importer, Kermit Lynch, is also based, since practically day one. Mourvedre, the grape that gives Bandols their inky color and wild, almost smoky taste, is suddenly in vogue among California winemakers too. Small wonder.
October 2, 2009 |
Larry David didn't want to shake hands. Nothing personal -- no hard feelings at work here. It was, in fact, a very pleasant, amiable lunch between the three of us -- me, and the two Larrys, the funny, neurotic, cranky, fictional star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and the funny, neurotic, less cranky, real-life man who created the celebrated HBO show, now a couple of episodes into its seventh season. But what made the "no-shake" stance unusual was the introductory handshake. No hesitation there.
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.