Basketball Boondoggle

Eminent domain in Brooklyn

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Last October, New York's highest court heard oral arguments in Goldstein v. New York State Urban Development Corporation. At issue was the state's use of eminent domain to seize private property on behalf of Bruce Ratner, a real estate tycoon and owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, who intends to build a 22-acre "urban utopia" in central Brooklyn. The development will boast office towers, a hotel, and a new taxpayer-subsidized basketball stadium for his Nets.

Ratner isn't planning to build a bridge, a road, or any other public project that fits the traditional constitutional justification for the forcible taking of private property. He wants to build a basketball arena, sell tickets to the games, and make a tidy profit. Since New York is one of just seven states that failed to pass any new laws protecting property rights after the Supreme Court's notorious 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which allowed governments to take private property simply to promote economic development, Brooklyn residents will have to rely on the state courts to put a stop to the project. 

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books.

  2. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books.

  3. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke

  4. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane

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  7. y new laws protecting property rights after the Supreme Court’s notorious 2005 decision

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