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Eminent domain news and analysis from The Nation
December 9, 2016
Inspired by Standing Rock, West Texans Take Action to Fight Another Pipeline
Opponents of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline are finding hope in their last resort.
Sasha von Oldershausen
November 21, 2014
What Does it Take for One Small City to Vanquish an Oil Giant?
Progressives in Richmond, California, trounced Chevron on Election Day, but the company remains a powerful local force.
Harriet Blair Rowan
November 12, 2014
How One California City Began Bringing Its Murder Rate Down—Without Cops
While other cities have embraced heavy-handed policing tactics, Richmond, California, has offered mentoring and money to its most at-risk young men.
Heather Tirado Gilligan
May 21, 2014
Can Big Oil Retake Richmond, California?
In 2008, progressives won control of City Hall. Now, as elections loom, Chevron wants to take it back.
January 17, 2014
Wall Street Group Aggressively Lobbied a Federal Agency to Thwart Eminent Domain Plans
E-mails obtained through a FOIA request reveal the extraordinary access SIFMA had to Federal Housing Finance Administration officials.
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November 20, 2013
Meet the Mayor Who’s Using Eminent Domain to Fight Foreclosure
The fearless Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, California, has taken on Chevron and big banks on behalf of taxpayers and underwater homeowners.
July 12, 2013
To Rescue Local Economies, Cities Seize Underwater Mortgages Through Eminent Domain
In Richmond, California, home prices plummeted 58 percent since their peak. Now the city is trying out a new way to help homeowners refinance—and halt the slide into foreclosure.