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  • Blame for blighted properties in Monessen reaches across globe

    08/12/2014 7:17:52 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 12 August 2014 | Richard Gazarik
    Mayor Lou Mavrakis drove slowly through Monessen, block by block, pointing out one vacant, blighted building after another in the city of 7,700 along the Monongahela River. “That belongs to me,” he said, pointing to a house with a collapsing roof that has become the responsibility of the city and the mayor. Tax records show the building is one of 264 structures and lots in the city that have been abandoned by their owners. More than 26 percent of the city's 734 blighted properties are owned by people from 24 states and five foreign countries, beyond the legal reach of...
  • Family watches in horror as city tears down home days before Christmas

    12/20/2013 12:17:05 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 94 replies
    WTAE ^ | 12/19/2013
    KENNER, La. —A Louisiana homeowner watched in horror as city workers in Kenner, La. tore down the house she was rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina. “I'm going to wind up in the loony bin. I've tried for seven years to get back home. This is my home. This is my corner. I own this piece of property, and Kenner does this to me,” said home owner Reba Tullier. But the city of Kenner said it has a zero-tolerance policy on blighted homes. Tullier said she had finally lined up help to fix her house, but it was too late. “It's not...
  • (FAIL) What Futurists in 1988 Imagined Los Angeles Would Be Like in 2013

    03/16/2013 5:47:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 16, 2013 | Lauren Davis
    What futurists in 1988 imagined Los Angeles would be like in 2013 With the year 2013 a quarter of a century away, the Los Angeles Times in 1988 asked 30 futurists and other experts what they thought life in their city would look like in 2013. They may have overshot the sophistication of our robots, but many of those predictions for 2013 have come true—or at least come close. Reporter Nicole Yorkin wrote the futurism pieces for the April 3, 1988 issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, compiling the information from her various interviews. The articles include illustrations by...
  • 20 Most Miserable U.S. Cities to Live In

    02/25/2013 6:47:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    20 Most Miserable U.S. Cities to Live In Forbes magazine released its dubious 2013 list of the most miserable cities in the United States of America. With the new list for the new year came a new city listed at the top of the list as Detroit, Michigan replaces last year’s most miserable city of Miami, Florida. The magazine cites Detroit’s high unemployment, violent crimes, shrinking population, and its financial crisis as reasons for giving the city the title. The list created by Forbes involves the scrutiny of the country’s largest urban areas which are then ranked via factors such...
  • Advertisers fleeing 'All-American Muslim' 'propaganda' Sears, Wal-Mart, Home Depot

    11/25/2011 6:05:53 AM PST · by bayouranger · 112 replies · 2+ views
    wnd ^ | 11-22-11 | Bob Unruh
    "All-American Muslim," a new program on The Learning Channel that is being touted as a "powerful series" that carries viewers "inside the rarely seen world of American Muslims," is being dropped by advertisers. Critics say the program is nothing more than video jihad propaganda, and the Florida Family Association says it is contacting companies whose advertising appears on the show to ask them to quit. So far, 18 of 20 companies contacted have done so, the group said. The organization said that among the companies that initially supported the program, but later did not have any advertising aired, were Airborne...
  • Biden: Obama Really Is 'Bright'

    09/01/2011 9:05:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 74 replies
    USNews ^ | September 1, 2011 | Paul Bedard, Joseph Biden
    Vice President Joe Biden is rallying a defense of his boss, fighting slurs that President Obama is in over his head and lashing out at "Tea Party Republicans." In Oklahoma this week where Obama isn't high in the polls, the veep said the president isn't just smart, he's got strength and character. "People knew Barack was really bright, they knew Barack was straight, they knew Barack was a different kind of politician. What they didn't know was just how strong he was. Republicans spent a lot of time trying to tag him as a follower, not a leader. Well, he's...
  • Crazy Brawl Of 2 Girls & A Guy Jumping An Elderly Lady In A Hood Of Dover, Delaware

    03/06/2011 9:14:05 PM PST · by MrShoop · 45 replies
    World Star Hip Hop ^ | 03-05-11 | Brklynwify
    This Is Just Wrong: Crazy Brawl Of 2 Girls & A Guy Jumping An Elderly Lady In A Hood Of Dover, Delaware For Trying To Stickup For A Boy & Then The Whole Block Comes Out
  • Montgomery’s New Civil Rights Struggle ("Eminent Domain on Steroids")

    08/03/2010 9:49:00 AM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 18 replies · 5+ views
    FoxNews ^ | August 3, 2010 | David Lewkowict
    In 1965, Rosa Parks boarded a bus and forever changed the course of history. Her very public struggle for equality began at a bus stop outside Columbia Court apartments in Montgomery, Alabama. "It is a very sad situation, it is quite ironic, that this is the place, this is the city where the civil rights movement began in 1955, a very assertive civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King. Yet you have the civil rights of minorities being violated here in a new kind of way, on, I think, a massive scale," said David Beito, chair of the Alabama...
  • As Afghan Opium Blight Spreads, Farmers' Lives Wilt

    05/19/2010 1:15:42 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 28 replies · 1,009+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | May 18 2010 | Mohammad Elyas Daee, Abubakar Siddique
    LASHKAR GAH -- Aziz Ahmad is a deeply worried man. With two wives and seven children at home, the 30-year-old farmer depends entirely on his opium-poppy crop to make a living. This year, it's proving to be an increasingly difficult task. First, falling water tables stunted his crop. Then a mysterious blight emerged to destroy most of what remained. In a normal growing season, Ahmad's 4-hectare plot in the Washer district of Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province yields 100 kilograms of opium -- enough to cover his debts and ensure his family's survival over the winter. This year he managed to...
  • Potato famine disease striking home gardens in U.S.

    07/11/2009 8:34:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 1,828+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 10, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen
    Late blight, which caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and 1850s, is killing potato and tomato plants in home gardens from Maine to Ohio and threatening commercial and organic farms... "Late blight has never occurred this early and this widespread in the United States," said Meg McGrath, a plant pathologist at Cornell University's extension center in Riverhead, New York. She said the fungal disease, spread by spores carried in the air, has made its way into the garden centers of large retail chains in the Northeastern United States. "Wal-mart, Home Depot, Sears, Kmart and Lowe's are some of...
  • Irish famine blight fungus hits Rhode Island crops....

    07/06/2009 9:54:54 AM PDT · by TaraP · 7 replies · 503+ views
    The same virus that caused the potato blight in Ireland in the 1840s that decimated the population and drove thousands to these shores has been found in potato and tomato crops in Rhode Island. The Providence Journal has reported that the blight has been found in crops in the state and that the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has warned all growers to be aware of the problem and use fungicides to counter it. The DEM has also warned growers to be vigilant to spot the telltale signs of the blight – brown spots on leaves and a white fungus...
  • (Irish) Potato Famine Fungus Found in Plattsburgh (NY)

    06/30/2009 7:45:48 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 60 replies · 1,714+ views
    WCAX ^ | 6/30/09
    The plant fungus that caused the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s has shown up in Plattsburgh, and experts say residents need to act quickly. It's called "late blight" and it affects eggplants, potatoes and tomatoes. The fungus hasn't made it this far north in about a decade, but it moves quickly and can kill an infected plant in as short as a week and a half. The signs that your plants have late blight are brownish lesions on the leaves which make them look wet. Late blight was discovered in the region at unnamed major box stores on Friday....
  • Is Obama Too Bight to Be President?

    03/31/2009 11:44:35 AM PDT · by lacrew · 73 replies · 1,692+ views
    Fox Forum ^ | March 30, 2009 | John Tantillo
    More Roosevelt… Less Jimmy Carter… that’s what this brand needs! Folks, there’s been a lot of scrutiny of President Obama in these first 100 days. It goes with the territory. The attention is brutal no matter who’s in the Oval Office and it always will be. Exposure is something most marketers covet . . .but over-exposure especially of the wrong features can be deadly for a personal brand. That is why, Barack Obama –whom I’ve called a first-rate poli-marketer (see the past few weeks FOX Forum posts here)– had better stop behaving like Jimmy Carter and start emulating Roosevelt. In...
  • New Orleans Blight Ranks Worst In Nation (Detroit comes in second place)

    08/22/2008 9:18:32 PM PDT · by Prole · 44 replies · 179+ views
    The Times Picayune ^ | August 22, 2008 | Gordon Russell
    New Orleans has a far greater proportion of vacant homes than any other city in the country, due in large part to a lagging recovery in about a third of the neighborhoods that were badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, new analyses show. The nonprofit Greater New Orleans Community Data Center released two reports Thursday, one of which used U.S. Postal Service data compiled in March to compare New Orleans with seven other American cities that have large inventories of blighted or vacant housing. When it comes to abandoned homes, New Orleans is in a class by itself, the report indicated,...
  • Don't Count on Prop. 99

    05/19/2008 11:03:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 304+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | May 19, 2008 | Ilya Somin
    The U.S. Supreme Court created a huge political backlash when it ruled that local governments could use eminent domain to seize private property and transfer it to other private owners for "economic development." Since the Kelo ruling in 2005, 42 states have enacted limitations on eminent domain — not always effective ones. But like lawmakers in many other states, some California officials are trying to block real eminent domain reform. On June 3, Californians will vote on Proposition 99, a ballot initiative sponsored by groups representing cities, counties, redevelopment agencies and other pro-condemnation interests. It purports to protect property rights...
  • Dan Walters: California Legislature does the right thing on subsidy bill

    04/22/2008 7:55:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 143+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/22/8 | Dan Walters
    Once in a while, almost by accident, the California Legislature sets aside pettiness and venality and does the right thing. It happened last week, although you won't find any official record, when legislation that would have changed a city's redevelopment powers in ways that could lead to widespread abuse was quietly killed without a committee hearing. Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, dropped the bill that the City of Industry was promoting after getting an earful of complaints from other local governments, especially Los Angeles County, and redevelopment reformers. Redevelopment, for those who aren't familiar with it, is the process by...
  • Court: Eminent Domain Requires Blight

    06/14/2007 5:11:05 PM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 23 replies · 749+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 13, 2007 | By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Writer
    The New Jersey State Supreme Court issued a blow Wednesday to the way municipalities use their power of eminent domain to acquire private land. In an unanimous ruling, the court said that for land to be taken against the owner's wishes it must be "blighted" and not merely "not fully productive." The ruling is a victory for private property rights but could make it more difficult to redevelop some communities. The case centers on a 63-acre tract in Paulsboro made up mostly of wetlands just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia International Airport. The Gallenthin family started using the land...
  • A house costs less than a car in Detroit

    04/27/2007 11:46:15 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 78 replies · 2,194+ views ^ | 2007.04.06 | Alex Spillius
    The mortgage crisis in America has deepened so much that family homes can now be bought for less than Ł15,200 - the price of a new car. A four-bedroom home near the original Motown recording studio in Detroit recently sold for Ł3,700 ($7,000), less than most used cars. A boarded-up bungalow fetched Ł685, and a three-bedroom house listed for Ł276,000 attracted just Ł69,000. Detroit, which made its fortune on the back of the car industry, now holds a more dubious distinction: the capital of home repossessions. The decline of its main industry has seen Detroit suffer more than other areas...
  • $4B Atlantic Yards Gets Prelim Approval[Eminent Domain]

    12/14/2006 1:04:35 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 3 replies · 374+ views ^ | 12 Dec 2006 | Katie Hinderer
    BROOKLYN, NY-On Monday the Empire State Development Corp. approved the modified General Project Plan for the Atlantic Yards project and authorized eminent domain to seize the final properties needed for the project to go forward. The Public Authorities Control Board is the final hurdle developer Forester City Ratner Cos. must overcome. The PACB is expected to vote on the plan Dec. 20, although given the board’s track record it is uncertain if the project will receive the unanimous decision required. “Today’s approval is another important milestone in the creation of tens of thousands of construction jobs, thousands of permanent jobs,...
  • Nutter says Street should declare state of emergency

    10/07/2006 6:06:27 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies · 445+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Oct. 06, 2006 | Marcia Gelbart
    In a week marked by Philadelphia's 300th homicide of the year, Democratic mayoral candidate Michael Nutter said Mayor Street should declare a state of emergency in pockets of the city that have endured the worst violence. Such action, according to the city code, would allow the government to clear people from public sidewalks, close bars, prohibit liquor sales, and establish curfews for children and adults alike. The proposal topped several crime-fighting ideas Nutter pushed in an interview this week. Others included policing more aggressively to recover illegal weapons and encouraging experienced officers to postpone retirement. Saying he was angered and...
  • Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Protect Private Property Rights (or not?)

    09/29/2006 2:08:06 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 18 replies · 512+ views
    09/29/2006   GAAS:706:06   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Protect Private Property Rights Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation today that protects the rights of private property owners.   “Government must respect the private property rights of our citizens,” said Gov. Schwarzenegger. “I am proud to sign legislation to further enhance the protection of property rights of Californians.”   Specifically, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the following five bills:   SB 53 by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) requires an agency to make additional findings of blight if the agency wishes to extend the time limits on its authorization for eminent-domain actions. This bill would...
  • A neighborhood abandoned (Long article misses cause of urban decay)

    06/25/2006 5:05:58 AM PDT · by edpc · 38 replies · 1,073+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 25, 2006 | Eric Siegel
    Wearing work boots and carrying flashlights on a spring day last year, a band of architects and developers picked their way through the dim interior of the American Brewery. They looked like archaeologists combing through an ancient ruin, which, in some ways, is exactly what the brewery is. Built in the 1800s, the American Brewery has stood empty these past 33 years, a ghostly reminder of a distant past when the city's manufacturing muscle was on display in working-class neighborhoods such as this one in East Baltimore. Rain drips from a hole in the roof and puddles on the floor....
  • Gang messages spray-painted across Georgetown neighborhood

    03/15/2006 2:15:24 PM PST · by Racehorse · 19 replies · 670+ views
    Vandals spray-painted gang-related messages across an area of Georgetown overnight, leaving an elementary school, a community center, a park and close to a dozen other buildings damaged. Residents woke this morning to find royal blue graffiti, most reading "Crips 4 life" or "Crips" in reference to the notorious gang, on buildings from East 14th Street to East 19th Street in the neighborhood surrounding San Jose Park south of U.S. 29. Portions of the walls of Annie Purl Elementary School, the Getsemani Community Center and buildings at the playground in the park were spray-painted. Some of the messages were as large...
  • CA: Blight? Yeah right - National City badly abuses land-seizure law

    09/09/2005 1:41:51 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 36 replies · 2,187+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | September 9, 2005 | Editorial Board
    The city of San Diego, with its much-admired downtown ballpark and Horton Plaza projects, has long been the poster child for the wise use of eminent domain: the right of government to seize private property, with just compensation, for what it deems public benefit. But after two outrageous stories in two weeks, a pair of local government bodies may find themselves held up as poster children for eminent domain's misuse – and deservedly. First came a report on the San Diego Model School Development Agency's push to seize and demolish 188 homes in the thriving City Heights neighborhood to build...
  • Montel: Gov't 'Stupid' About Medical Pot

    06/08/2005 4:47:04 AM PDT · by stm · 89 replies · 1,124+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 08, 2005 | Fox News
    NEW YORK — As a sufferer of the debilitating disease multiple sclerosis (search), talk show host Montel Williams (search) has long been lobbying as an advocate for the use of medical marijuana. He has said he uses it each night to alleviate his pain.
  • 3 Million Homes 'Should Be Demolished' To Cut Global Warming

    05/29/2005 7:24:58 PM PDT · by blam · 144 replies · 2,637+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-30-2005 | Charles Clover
    3m homes 'should be demolished' to cut global warming By Charles Clover (Filed: 30/05/2005) Some 3.2 million homes must be demolished over the next 45 years to fulfil the Government's aspirations for tackling global warming, academics have warned. The report, by researchers at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute and Heriot Watt University, is bound to re-ignite the controversy caused by the proposed demolition of 400,000 homes in the Midlands and the North. Households account for around 30 per cent of Britain's total energy use and the researchers conclude there is a "desperate need" for a clear strategy for housing stock...
  • RNC NOT WELCOME - September 2004, NY

    03/16/2004 11:24:17 PM PST · by doug from upland · 81 replies · 537+ views
    Here is what the domestic enemies are doing these days. FOOLISH WEBSITE The Republican National Committee has, for the first time in their 150 year history, selected New York for their Convention from August 29-September 4, 2004. In a shallow attempt at exploiting the lives lost at the World Trade Center, the RNC has pushed the Convention date to September. We have witnessed two unjust wars, at least one American life lost each day overseas, a depressed economy, the collapse of the dollar, $87 billion to boost war profiteering, the closing of our firehouses, a health-care crisis, millions of children...
  • Ring suburb (Redford) fights to keep blight from creeping across its borders

    03/07/2004 1:56:18 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 3 replies · 318+ views
    Detroit News ^ | 3-7-04 | Nolan Finley
    <p>Kevin Kelley only has to drive a few blocks east from his office in the Redford Township hall to see the worst case scenario for the future of his community.</p> <p>The township’s north end borders Detroit’s Brightmoor area. The city’s renaissance hasn’t reached Brightmoor yet, and may never. Its streets are marked with the rubble of collapsed and burned-out homes, shuttered businesses and a general scene of devastation that makes Baghdad look inviting.</p>
  • CA: Davis' redevelopment tax grab would be rough justice

    01/06/2003 9:07:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 197+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/6/03 | Dan Walters
    <p>When Gov. Gray Davis unveiled his $10.2 billion down payment on closing the state's immense budget deficit, now calculated at about $35 billion, a significant chunk was grabbing the estimated $500 million in housing money that local redevelopment agencies have accumulated but not spent.</p>