This is an excerpt from an article in the Christian Science Monitor, July 25, 2009:
Ralph St. John is well into his 70s, but his stocky arms show that he is a man accustomed to hard labor. In Willets Point in the New York borough of Queens, he founded a general contracting company 36 years ago. He hoped to leave it to his son.
Now, however, Mr. St. John's business is one of 250 in an industrial zone that New York City has slated for redevelopment using eminent domain.
"I can't develop my property. I can't sell it.... Would you want to buy it when you know the city wants to take it away?" he asks.