Thursday, April 20, 2017
Eminent Domain in the Trump Era
Little Pink House, a new feature film written and directed by Courtney Balaker, looks at eminent domain abuse by recounting the true story behind of an epic 2005 Supreme Court case. Though President Trump is no longer directly managing his real estate business, the story depicted in the film is more relevant than ever given his authoritarian tendencies.
Marin residents have much to worry about with new laws recently enacted providing sweeping powers of redevelopment agencies in California to condemn properties. Among the targets are low density neighborhoods near a transit corridor. Virtually all land within 1/2 mile of the 101 Freeway in Marin is considered part of the "101 Priority Development Area" by Plan Bay Area. Many people in regional government demand that Marin urbanize with high density development to "take the pressure off" their own communities.
It is a rocky road ahead.