In the 1950s we had some tough old timers, male and female, fighting imminent domain for the freeways, they would stand at the gates with their shot guns, but they always lost in the end.
Back then the journalists of the time, showed a touching respect to the hold outs that, you wouldn’t see today.
My husband’s family owned some prime land for a freeway build back then. MUCH more than was needed for the road.
They took it all, built a Post Office on part of it that they didn’t use for the freeway, and a large “developer” ended up with the rest of it...go figure.
They paid his relative pennies; which he used to fight them...of course he lost. He was just a regular guy who had the foresight to purchase that land..not from the “right” crowd.