Saturday, March 6, 2010

Eminent Domain Hugo Chavez Style

I've been bitching about Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards-eminent domain fiasco on and off for a while now. And while you may or may not agree with me on the subject, I hope we can all agree this is bullshit:

Last month Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez strolled thru downtown Caracas' Bolivar Plaza and in both a casual and capricious manner pointed at adjacent buildings to be immediately expropriated and reconfigured for historic purposes. Simply incredible, I tell you.

The clip below is in Spanish but it's not hard to get the gist of what's going on, including the reaction from merchants ousted from the buildings in question. Good grief. Truly unbelievable.

(A BBC News article in English can be found here.)

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