Baseball. And real estate?

Baseball and real estate – they don’t seem to have much in common, do they? Well, if you live in Southern California, they actually have a lot in common. Did you know that Chavez Ravine, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was taken by eminent domain? Here’s the story:

Chavez Ravine was named for Julian Chavez, by Los Angeles County Supervisors in the 1800s. It was the home generations of Mexican Americans who lived in a tight-knit community.

In 1950, the city of Los Angeles used the power of eminent domain to purchase the property in Chavez Ravine with the goal of building public housing on the land. The power of eminent domain allows the government to purchase property from private individuals in order to construct projects for the public good; the city planned to use the land to build 10,000 units of public housing. By August 1952, the residents were gone and Chavez Ravine was essentially a ghost town.

For a variety of reasons, in 1953 the LA City Council decided the housing project was not feasible. At the same time, the city of Los Angeles desperately wanted its own major league team. With a promise of Chavez Ravine as the site of a new stadium, the city struck a deal with Walter O’Malley to move the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. City officials deemed a baseball stadium as serving the public good, and the rest is history.

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