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Lakewood Loses, Homeowners Win

Preliminary returns, pending a recount, show voters in Lakewood, Ohio, narrowly defeated the city’s “redevelopment” plan which called for bulldozing an entire neighborhood and building high-end condos and shopping. While the slim tally may be reversed, the vote shows many Lakewood residents are uncomfortable with using eminent domain to force longstanding residents from their homes. Lakewood Mayor Madelaine Cain, an avid proponent of the plan, was soundly defeated as well.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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