Ry Cooder's Ry Cooder's new album Chávez
Ravinecaptures the world of the vibrant
Chicano community that was bulldozed in the 1950's to build
Dodger Stadium. Don Normark's book Chavez
Ravine: 1949 provides more background on the place that was
once a "poor man’s Shangri-la." of "wild
roses, tin roofs, and wandering goats" where life "was
lived fully, openly, and joyfully" before it was destroyed.
posted by robliberal
on Aug 3, 2005 -
The Supreme Court broadly expanded eminent domain in Kelo V. New London last Thursday. The city of Freeport, TX wasted no time. City attorneys are preparing legal documents to seize three pieces of waterfront property from two seafood companies for construction of an $8 million private boat marina.
Under eminent domain, a federal agency can "condemn" a piece of property and convert it to public use for the benefit of the greater community, while providing monetary compensation to the property owner. In Mississippi, however, officials at the state's economic development agency said they must seize (NYT link, login readit11, pass readit) 23 acres in the hands of African-American hold-outs to prove to Nissan that they can. What's especially interesting is that the local newspaper has pretty much ignored that aspect of the story in favor of covering the economic benefits. Is this a case of the rights of the few ceding to the rights of the many, or a case of a local government pushing people around because it can?
posted by headspace
on Sep 10, 2001 -