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Works Cited Primary Sources 14th Amendment. Texas Politics- Reconstruction and the Civil War Amendments. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <>. Alpert, Steve. Cross-Bronx Expressway Sign. Healthy Building News. N.p., 13 Sept. 2006. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <>. "British Grenadier Attack." N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <>. Caro, Robert A. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974. Print. One of Moses’ many building projects was the creation of the Cross-Bronx Expressway, which connects the Bronx, a New York City Borough with Queens and Manhattan. Part of the proposed route, nicknamed the One Mile, East Tremont was occupied by Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe and Russia. To make his dream possible, Moses had to displace more than five-thousand people in more than a thousand five hundred and thirty apartments. This led to many residents to advocate for their right to own their residence without the government’s intrusion, but its the government’s responsibility to put the needs of the many before the needs of the few. This project was for the good of the people, but there is a component of human relations that must be satisfied to provide more than just compensation. This community, like most communities taken by Eminent Domain, was poor and priced out of any decent neighborhood. The families who settled in East Tremont had a history of hardships in that most of them fled harsh treatment in Russia, ending up in New York’s lower east side,

where more adversity struck. The streets of the lower East Side, copious with smoke, elicited parents' concern for their children’s health. East Tremont was a safe haven for a portion of the Jewish community, away from the nocuous environment of the lower east side. Various factors must be carefully considered in determining whether Eminent Domain should be utilized, including the future of the residential population that would be displaced. A balance is essential to make sure that both the property owner and the government are content with the outcome. The result of building the Cross-Bronx Expressway was that residents not displaced, but in earshot of the expressway, were forced to move away because of the strident noise from the loud cars and trucks. The vacancies attracted poor Jews who were desperate for homes. This begs the question if it was worth creating an expressway with all the adversity that followed. But as a hackneyed proverb says, “you’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette”, which is exactly what occurred. There will always be controversy, but the Government has the responsibility to choose the right path that is better for the people, as that is what the Government is created to do. Central Park Ice Rink. Central Park. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <>. Central Park in the 1890s. N.d. An Unwelcome Success. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <>. Central Park Map. Map. Ephemeral New York. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <>. Constitution. Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <>.

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"Central Park." City of New York Parks and Recreation. The City of New York, 9 Feb. 2004. Web. 23 Dec. 2013. <>. once home to approximately 1,600 poor occupants and contained patches of pig farms, quarries and swamps "FAQs About the NYS Eminent Domain Procedure Law." Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. New York State Office of the Attorney General, n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. <>. just compensation determined by the highest bidder "History." Greensward Group, n.d. Web. 23 Dec. 2013. <>. More than 800 acres were taken by Eminent Domain to recreate the aesthetic image of the parks in Europe. The purpose of the project was to make a center piece of New York City, connecting East and West Manhattan, and to give a healthy, outdoor alternative to drinking in the local saloon New York State. Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <>. Unintended Consequences: Eminent Domain. Prod. 2002. 2002. DVD. There's something in the Constitution called Eminent Domain that gives the Government the power to take your property, even if you don't want to sell. The Founding Fathers wanted to create a nation of free people and they wrote the Constitution to protect individual rights for Government power. The Founders believed one of the most important individual rights is the right to own property. But the Founders also made an exception to this rule, the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that Governments may take private property, but only under certain conditions. The property must be put to a public

use and the property owners must be provided just compensation. This practice is called Eminent Domain... Eminent Domain was used extensively whenever property owners would refuse to sell their property to the Government. Throughout most of our country's history, local governments have used the power of Eminent Domain to take private property in order to convert the property to public uses, like schools, hospitals, and roads. United States. Fifth Amendment- Rights of Persons. Washington: GPO. US Government Printing Office. Web. 22 Dec. 2013. <>. It is implied that the States needed to provide compensation for taking land. But because it is not clearly stated in the Constitution, the States were not subject to the just compensation provision of the Fifth Amendment and were able to be unrestrained by federal authority and overlook the need for just compensation "What is the Eminent Domain Clause?" Revolutionary War and Beyond. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2013. <>. Throughout the American Revolution, the Americans were disgruntled with the Continental Army and the British government for seizing wartime goods and private property at whim from the people. These actions were warranted by a law in the British Magna Carta that allowed the government to take property and goods without supplying compensation. After the victory in the Revolution, James Madison recommended the Takings Clause, which was eventually included in the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, to ensure that the rights of the property owner be upheld and just compensation be issued

Younkain, Kara, Carlos Carrion, and Jack Lu. Case Study 3: Robert Moses-The Master Builder. N.p.: n.p., 2009. Nexus. Web. 23 Dec. 2013. <>. New York was mainly shaped by the infamous builder Robert Moses with his power to control most of New York City’s government officials, giving him the ability to enacted Eminent Domain, during his dominion between 1924 and 1968.

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