A broadly interpreted definition of the public use and/or purpose requirement for condemnations has been a part of New York's legal landscape for decades. Although New York's use of eminent domain for economic development projects has been repeatedly criticized, the benefits from such condemnations, such as increased tax revenues, employment opportunities, and overall neighborhood revitalizations, outweigh any arguments put forth for prohibiting economic development takings from constituting a public use.
Condemnation Friendly or Land Use Wise? A Broad Interpretation of the Public Use Requirement Works Well for New York City,
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