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The Battle For Brooklyn: Eminent Domain Abuse Gone Wild
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09-06-2011, 09:57 PM #1
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Quote:The Battle for Brooklyn
by BRUCE E. LEVINE

Do we really accept that Big Money—through intimidation, bribery, or some other coercion—can shove us out of our homes and obliterate our communities?

Eminent domain is the government’s right to seize private property, usually with compensation, for the public good. We live in a nation, however, in which the elite—not ordinary Americans—have the power to define what is the public good. The recently released documentary Battle for Brooklyn transcends typical left-right politics, unites all who believe in self-respect and democracy, and invites Americans to join together in the fight against the elite’s abuse of eminent domain.....http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/06/t...-brooklyn/





Battle for Brooklyn explores the poorly understood phenomenon of eminent domain abuse. A feature-length documentary from filmmakers Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, and David Beilinson, this film investigates how real estate developers, local government, community activists, and the media have clashed over the largest single-source development project ever proposed in New York City. Widely known as the Atlantic Yards project, this undertaking has for the past four years been a major source of contention as local residents resist a billionaire developers attempt to use eminent domain to seize their homes and businesses. Done in the name of "development," schemes such as this one eviscerate private property rights and make a mockery of the Fifth Amendment--and yet they freely exploit lucrative taxpayer subsidies, easements, and tax abatements.

Interview with the film makers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley

09-06-2011, 10:11 PM #2
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cheers.gif Thanks AK, looks interesting. I used to be in land development so it's something I can relate to.

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09-07-2011, 06:02 PM #3
Kreeper Griobhtha
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This is rampant in south Florida. All the developers have to do is show that their development will bring in more taxes than the existing homes. Lower income families are being forced out of there in droves.


Welcome to the land of the free...


Free to get the ğck out of the way of money...


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I am not your carpet ride I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind, I am the lightning
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09-07-2011, 06:10 PM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(09-07-2011, 06:02 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  This is rampant in south Florida. All the developers have to do is show that their development will bring in more taxes than the existing homes. Lower income families are being forced out of there in droves.


Welcome to the land of the free...


Free to get the ğck out of the way of money...


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Thats the truth! I've seen it happen time after time. Glad I'm no longer a cog in that unjust wheel.

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09-08-2011, 12:22 AM #5
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