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Resource ID: #17630
Subject: Real Estate
Source: Reader's Digest
Date: March


A Reader's Digest report examines how city governments exert their power to take private property for public uses. The story uncovers a number of cases that expose how governments have applied the so-called "eminent domain for the benefits of particular persons, not the public." The investigation describes how, in order to make people sell, some real-estate agents have allegedly hinted on the possible use of eminent domain. One of the key findings is that "higher tax revenue is often the reason cities take a person's home, even when the ostensible reason is cleaning up "blight."

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