Seattle Seizing 103-Year-Old's Parking Lot
City forcing woman to make way for ... another parking lot
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2013 1:13 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The city of Seattle is determined to get its hands on a parking lot owned by a 103-year-old Spokane woman. Why? So it can turn it into another parking lot. Myrtle Woldson doesn't want to sell, so the City Council voted this week to use eminent domain to grab the lot, Q13 Fox reports. Woldson will receive "fair market value," the council says. The city says it needs to deal with parking problems that will be created when it starts tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct and hundreds of public parking spots are lost.

"Eminent domain was originally intended for stuff like roadways, expanding roads, schools. Situations that are for the public good," says a property rights advocate. "In this case, the city of Seattle is using eminent domain to seize a parking lot, so they can use it as a parking lot. There’s no public good in that at all." MSN notes that some think the city wants to snag the property now, while it's valued at $7 million, rather than after the waterfront is redeveloped, when it will be worth more. Woldson has the ability to challenge the City Council's move, and/or the price it offers her.

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Oct 26, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
Marxism is alive and well in Seattle. I live in a city North of Seattle. Seattle residents will never wake up to what's going on in their town.
Oct 26, 2013 12:16 AM CDT
She may want this to be part of her estate. This would be a case where the capital gains get stepped up for her heirs and little or no tax would be owed if they sold it instead of her.
Oct 25, 2013 10:42 PM CDT
"Woldson will receive "fair market value," the council says." Obviously not, or by definition she would be agreeing to sell.