Eminent Domain NPR's Jim Zarroli reports cities and states have long used the legal concept of eminent domain to seize private land to build highways or railroads deemed necessary for the public good. Some critics complain that local governments are abusing these powers . In New York right now, government officials want to seize some private land to build what they say is a much-needed shopping plaza in East Harlem.

Eminent Domain

Eminent Domain

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NPR's Jim Zarroli reports cities and states have long used the legal concept of eminent domain to seize private land to build highways or railroads deemed necessary for the public good. Some critics complain that local governments are abusing these powers . In New York right now, government officials want to seize some private land to build what they say is a much-needed shopping plaza in East Harlem.