Property Rights

Redevelopment

Drew Carey tells the tale of a Hollywood bar owner whose business gets bulldozed when politicians plan to 'redevelop' the area by letting a private developer erect a giant hotel complex in its place. Eminent domain is perfectly legal, but is it necessary? Down the road, Anaheim is redeveloping without resorting to bully tactics.

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Reason.tv host Drew Carey revisits the problem of eminent domain abuse following up on his earlier video, National City: Eminent Domain Gone Wild.

The City of Los Angeles used eminent domain to take a popular Hollywood bar and numerous other small businesses so that the city could hand the land over to private developers planning to build a W hotel and million-dollar condos. Fortunately, there's a better way to revitalize neighborhoods. In contrast to Hollywood, Mayor Curt Pringle of nearby Anaheim has found a way to encourage redevelopment by working cooperatively with property owners, without using the power of eminent domain.

Watch the previous Drew Carey Project videos here.