Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Eminent Domain & Coney Island

New York City seems to continue to be on a quest to expand the city into a tourist/entertainment spectacular. The question is at whose expense? First it was the "Nets Stadium" controversy, now it's Coney Island.

As the city seeks to add a new (and supposedly improved) amusement park, hotels, and retail shops to the beach front neighborhood; officials have allegedly admitted that they may invoke eminent domain despite promising not to do so in the past.

According to The New York Daily News, the city wants to obtain Coney Island acres that are currently owned by property developer, Thor Equities. They have reportedly offered to purchase the land from the developer. However, the city is also hinting that they will seize the property if necessary.

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