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Eminent Domain

A New Jersey law maker and former Atlantic City mayor Sen. Whelan, announced that eminent domain should be taken into consideration. It means any unattractive structures should be demolished, empty spaces between casinos "dead zones" should be developed on and wants to make laws that will attract developers. I think Corzine should take this guy into serious consideration and maybe when the economy picks up, we'll see a brighter future for AC.

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1. Re: Eminent Domain

What ever happened to FREE ENTERPRISE???

Why should someone invest money into buying a property, only to have the government take it away?

How would you feel if the neighborhood considered your house "unfit, or not appealing" and tried to take it away from you.

I don't believe in Eminent Domain....reminds me of communism

My reply is not to offend you.....but my opinion

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it didn't work very well for Pauline's Prarie jackpot-news.com/2008/…

“There was Pauline’s Prairie, named after the head of the Atlantic City Housing Authority, Pauline Hill,” said Allen “Boo” Pergament, an Atlantic City historian. “She contrived this idea of tearing down a 10-block area in the northern part of the city and selling it for completely new buildings. That was 1972 and the ‘prairie’ still exists as mostly vacant land.”

the Revel project is on 22 acres of this land, but there remains 2 completely empty blocks that r ez to see when approaching Showboat, between Atlantic & Pacific and Connecticut & Delaware. nearby, there are lots of blocks in the Inlet w/lots of empty space w/a sporadic house here & there try using satellite view on this map maps.google.com/maps…

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I have to agree with Bill and rship. Any of us who come from urban areas have lots of stories about eminent domain and how things get knocked down and nothing is ever built. In Plainfield, where I grew up, a thriving shopping district with a magnificent Paramount Theatre and a department store with a fabulously fancy facade were destroyed for "urban renewal" in 1967 (!) and it's still just a huge vacant lot right in the heart of downtown. If anyone wants to build in AC, there's property available for sale. Let the willing buyer and seller negotiate the price. Keep the government out of it. Besides, the AC council is truly one of the worst governing bodies I've ever seen (and coming from NJ that says a lot). Can't imagine what they would do if they couldn't get the place up and running when the economy was gangbusters.

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see long branch nj for eminent domain abuse that has few rivals

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CT had issues with abuse of eminent domain a few years ago. People who did not live in a blighted area, as it is supposed to work, were kicked out of their homes so a developer could build more expensive homes.

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People, were not talking about eminent domain to that extreme but we all know that about half the boardwalk has craphole businesses or just has empty lots. I know we all got used to it already but it is unacceptable if AC is planning to survive and not become the second reno as stated in an article.

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eapple71

I agree that it should be used for actually improving areas, just pointing out that it can be abused.

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>>as stated in an article<<

can u post a link to this article?

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Show me the money first.

Before they take any properties they need to have a plan for what is going to happen to the property and that there is money in place to complete the project. I can see it may be the only way to get ride of the blighted areas in AC that most people complain about but empty lots do no good either. There is a history of 1 or 2 greedy property owners holding up projects here and that is where eminent domain, as much as I don't like it, may be needed.

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I see this in a completely different light. When buying an investment property, there is speculation and hopes of making money on the property, why else would you buy it in the first place?

If private industry wants to build something on a piece of property that is owned by a private citizen, why not negotiate a price, however much it is.

After all, isn't the prospective builder going to make money from this property? Why shouldn't the current owner be allowed to negotiate a price, without the interference from the government.

Lets say you buy a house to rent out and the economy is great, the value goes up...will you sell the house for the price you paid...or make a profit?

Now, if they are going to use the property for a municipality based operation, like a library, fire house, police station or any other governmental or non profit based operation, then eminent domain should be considered as long as it is in the publics interest.

But for private industry.....NO WAY....let them negotiate the price and keep government out of it.

Just my opinion

Bill