Just a quick update on yesterday's post about West Oakland involving Kroger's plans to build a store there. Last night, the City Council unanimously approved changes to its eminent domain policies to allow the city to condemn the property necessary for the planned project.
While reports of the hearing have somewhat different tones, it is fairly clear that the meeting was well attended, and that audience members were passionate, regardless of which side of the issue they supported.
As the Sean Maher reports it for the Contra Costa Times in "Oakland City Council changes eminent ...
West Oakland has some notoriously tough neighborhoods, including the large ACORN project area where Black Panther co-founder Huey Newton was killed and an area known unflatteringly as "Ghost Town." Over the years, it has been the subject of some controversial public works projects, facilitated through extensive eminent domain. This includes the West Oakland BART station, a major postal facility, and the ACORN housing project.
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