Archive | 2020

We Don’t Need No Stinking Appalachian Trail

          The 600-mile Atlantic coast pipeline is an 8-billion-dollar project.  The pipeline is cutting a scar across the Appalachian Mountains to move fracked natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina.           The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated a permit allowing the pipeline to cross the trail deep underground.           Stretching 2,192 miles from Main to Georgia, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest and most popular footpath in the world.           The Supreme Court held argument as to what will happen to… read more

Posted in Appalachian Trail, Pipelines, Uncategorized
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What are Trade Fixtures in Condemnation?

          Trade fixtures are general those personal property improvements installed for business purposes.  In a recent Court of Appeals decision, Matter of City of New York (Kaiser Woodcraft Corp.), 11 NY3d 353 (2008), it was noted that “New York takes a broad view in evaluating what improvements are to be regarded as (trade) fixtures.”  Citing, Rose v State of New York, 24 NY2d 80, 86 (1969).           The classic definition of a compensable trade fixture is an item added to the premises with the intention that it becomes a permanent… read more

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How’s the Wall Going?

Texas           In Texas, the U.S.-Mexico Border is a river, and 95 percent of the adjoining land is privately owned.  Anywhere Trump builds his wall in Texas, he’ll have to wrench land from farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs and deeply rooted Hispanic families.  Just downriver from the target land, for example, lies a stretch that includes an RV park frequented by Winter Texans, a bar and grill that offers river cruises, and the historic La Lomita chapel.  No construction contract has been awarded there yet, but the feds expect to do so… read more

Posted in Historic Monuments, Native American Sites, Trump's Wall, Uncategorized
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          In an excellent article written by Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP, we are advised that the New York City Council recently adopted a zoning text that updates public space signage and seating regulations at privately owned public spaces (POPS) like plazas, arcades, sidewalk widenings and other public accessible spaces.  These spaces are usually created by a variance or floor area bonus.           The new ordinance also applies to seating including benches, movable chairs and seat walls.  The tables and chairs must be available to the public without restriction… read more

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          This article is written from the New York State perspective.  There are factors in play in New York which are very different from the remainder of the country.  First, Kelo v City of New London, 545 US 469 (2005) hardly presented a shock to the New York condemnation bar.  New York’s law was always, and still is, decidedly slanted towards condemnors.  Secondly, redevelopment never stopped.  There was never any recession impact on redevelopment. Authorizing and Challenging the Condemnation Article 2 of New York’s Eminent Domain Procedure Law sets forth… read more

Posted in Contesting a Taking, Redevelopment, Uncategorized
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