Bloomberg has taken many steps to remake the city and its many neighborhoods in his vision of a cleansed playground for the well off. And how best to drive out the unwanted? Eminent domain is a handy tool to do that. He has wielded it with Columbia University’s expansion, the Willets Point rezoning, Downtown Brooklyn rezoning, in East Harlem, Bronx Terminal Market and, of course, for the Atlantic Yards project. Eminent domain, of course, is the government’s right to take private property for a public use. But over and over, under Bloomberg, it has been used to take private property from owners and tenants to transfer it to private interests for private purposes.
Me: …while he believes he’s making it better.