Midweek Video: How Eminent Domain Destroys Neighborhoods


From time to time, eminent domain in American has been used in unwise and unjust ways to demolish and remake neighborhoods. In this video, Dave Amos explains what eminent domain is and highlights various cases where it probably should have been restrained or not used as a tool.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.

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I’m no expert here but my recollection is that the WA constitution is much stricter when it comes to using eminent domain for private projects. Seattle tried it for an expanded Westlake Center redevelopment years ago, and it was thrown out in court. A good brief research project for someone keen on the topic.

This video is a good cursory overview of eminent domain as used and abused in other states, albeit with a presenter who’s a bit too excited.