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Aug102017

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles World Airports, LAX, Manchester Square property acquisition: "L.A. gives green light for eminent domain to clear out Manchester Square" ....  

***Los Angeles World Airports, LAX, Manchester Square property acquisition....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. gives green light for eminent domain to clear out Manchester Square" - From the LAT:

Year after year, Manchester Square has slowly become a ghost town in the shadow of Los Angeles International Airport. Houses and apartments have gradually been razed or boarded up. Empty lots surround the scattered buildings that remain. Homeless people pitch tents along its streets, under the roar of airplanes.

“This place used to be so beautiful,” said Jena Morgan, who first moved to Manchester Square two decades ago. “This whole place was packed with homes. I used to take my 3-year-old trick-or-treating up here.” “Now look at it!” she said, gesturing to the vacant lots beyond her apartment window.

For nearly two decades, airport authorities have been trying to buy up property under the flight path, aiming to get rid of homes in a neighborhood nagged by airplane noise. Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that owns and operates LAX, is planning to build a rental car facility, parking areas and a transportation hub there as part of a sweeping modernization plan that aims to reduce congestion around the busy airport.

And now Manchester Square is on its way to finally being empty: The Los Angeles City Council gave the green light Wednesday to acquire dozens of homes in the neighborhood via eminent domain, a process that allows government agencies to take over land for public purposes ...................