Archinect - News 2014-11-23T13:59:01-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/78259351/a-city-invokes-seizure-laws-to-save-homes A City Invokes Seizure Laws to Save Homes Orhan Ayyüce 2013-07-30T10:44:00-04:00 >2013-07-30T13:08:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1bbyl3az26mwloq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not willing to back down on this.They can put forward as much pressure as they would like but I&rsquo;m very committed to this program and I&rsquo;m very committed to the well-being of our neighborhoods.&rdquo; - Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond&rsquo;s mayor</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/07/30/business/30domain-span/30domain-span-articleLarge.jpg"><em>Peter DaSilva for The New York Times&#8203;</em></p> <p> The power of eminent domain has traditionally worked against homeowners, who can be forced to sell their property to make way for a new highway or shopping mall. But now the working-class city of Richmond, Calif., hopes to use the same legal tool to help people stay right where they are.&nbsp;</p> <p> Scarcely touched by the nation&rsquo;s housing recovery and tired of waiting for federal help, Richmond is about to become the first city in the nation to try eminent domain as a way to stop foreclosures.</p>