Eminent Domain

Philly Artist Fights City Hall Over Eminent Domain Abuse

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Artist James Dupree bought a dilapidated warehouse in Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood and worked to turn it into a studio that hosts his personal workshop, art classes, and even visitors through Airbnb.

But that's all being threatened by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), a local government agency that is supposed to revitalize distressed neighborhoods.

PRA made plans with Aquinas Realty Partners to convert the block that Dupree's studio is on into a multi-use area with retail shops and a high-end grocery store.

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