Eminent domain passes - PittsburghLIVE.com: "HARRISBURG -- The state House voted Tuesday night to curb local governments' power to take private property and give it to another private owner, a controversial practice that has been used several times in Pittsburgh and was deemed legal by the U.S. Supreme Court in June.
'That's one of the big problems, that developers are simply using the government to take private property for their own use,' said Kathleen Walsh, 62, of Ridgemont in Pittsburgh's West End.
Five years ago, the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority considered labeling part of her verdant hillside neighborhood 'blighted,' the first step in condemning the homes and making way for a Home Depot adjacent to the Parkway Center Mall, Walsh said."
One of the ironic twists to this story is how they wanted to use eminent domain to expand the Parkway Center Mall. Now the Parkway Center Mall has plenty of spaces as it is nearly empty. Not much is there.
Furthermore, the ones who crave eminent domain might point to the long term slow down at the Parkway Center Mall as a reason why eminent domain was needed. Ha, ha, ha. They'll say, "If only we put a Home Depot in the Parkway Center Mall, then we'd have thriving businesses."
Meanwhile, the traffic jams on the Parkway West (if that is what it can be called now) happen after you depart the city, not in the city. The traffic and the shoppers and the residents and the businesses and the churches and the recreation and the better quality of life has sprawled to make jams elsewhere -- because they leave the city with a great exodus daily.
Thankfully we still have some havens and stronger neighborhoods such as Ridgemont.