Julie and Hal Wiltse

When IJ launched its case, Julie and Hal Wiltse have lived in Lakewood for more than 40 years in the West End.

  • May 19, 2003    |   Private Property

    Lakewood, OH, Eminent Domain

    Ohio’s “City of Homes” Faces Wrecking Ball of Eminent Domain Abuse: Homeowners Challenge Bogus “Blight” Designation

    Lakewood, Ohio’s official motto is “The City of Homes.” Yet the City sought to take away through its power of eminent domain the homes of many residents not for a public use, but for private development—specifically, for high-end shopping and upscale condos. Among those who would have been kicked out were Jim and JoAnn Saleet,…

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