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    Reason Magazine shows how the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (L.A. CRA) used power politics to have thousands of houses and small business buildings in Hollywood declared blighted; finds the L.A. CRA wanted to present the land to developers at subsidized prices, and describes how it doctored minutes of meetings, falsified data to exaggerate problems, and rigged special board elections, January 1988.
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    Forbes reveals brokerage firms and developers have abused the use of tax-free bonds for financing the building of nursing homes and retirement centers; finds more than $1 billion worth of the bonds defaulted and thousands of investors defrauded, Jan. 25, 1988.
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    Valley Advocate (Springfield, Mass.) runs articles on shoddy workmanship and dishonest dealings of a local developer; homeowners were in jeopardy of losing their investments in unsalable homes; developer operated with assistance from community officials, June 29 and Oct. 5, 1987.
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    Florida Trend looks at the overblown attempt by a little-known Texas development company to build a huge development in Florida panhandle; document search uncovers developer's shaky past, March 1, 1987.
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    Georgia Trend investigates Atlanta developer who was able to get financial backing from local banks for restoration projects he never carried out; finds he had built a shaky empire by moving real estate between portfolios, thus getting loans for more than the properties were worth, Jan. 1, 1987.
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    Globe and Mail examines financial relationships between developers and municipal politicians; many officials receive large undeclared contributions from developers, then vote to support illegal development proposals (Dec. 11-17, 1987)
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    Houston Chronicle runs series on a Houston developer and landlord who went bankrupt after borrowing money repeatedly on the same properties with doctored title work, June 14-16, 1987.
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    Maine Times (Topsham) investigates the Patten Corporation's move into Maine and the means used by the company, the largest corporate land speculator in the Northeast, to circumvent local and state land-use and environmental laws, Aug. 21, 1987.
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    San Francisco Chronicle compares campaign records with real estate records to find San Francisco mayoral candidate Art Agnos improperly disclosed property, failed to pay thousands in taxes and had close connection to controversial developer. (May-July 1987)
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    Orange County (Calif.) Register reveals the unusual degree of power wielded by a county supervisor's aide over the council; aide manipulates the government process while getting questionable gifts from developers, Feb. 22 and March 3, 1987.