By A.J. Hazarabedian
There is an interesting article in the Los Angeles Daily Journal today written by Professor Gideon Kanner relating the Los Angeles Dodgers to eminent domain. “The Curse of Chavez Ravine” points out that the land upon which Dodger Stadium sits was acquired by eminent domain in the 1950s for a low-income housing project which never came to fruition. The land was given to the Dodgers in the late 1950s by the City of Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium opened in 1962. One of the more interesting aspects of the article is Professor Kanner’s reference to eminent domain in biblical times. Many people tend to think that eminent domain is a relatively new phenomenon. It isn’t. As illustrated in Professor Kanner’s biblical references, eminent domain has essentially been around in one form or another as long as there has been private ownership of property.
The article can be found on Professor Kanner’s blog, Gideon’s Trumpet, by clicking here.