Several times its properties have been seized by the city government,
using “blight” as an excuse for transferring property to developers who
can pay more taxes to the seizing government.
Roos responded by painting on the side of one of his buildings a large
mural — a slash through a red circle containing the words “End Eminent Domain Abuse.”
The government that had provoked him declared his sign “illegal” and
demanded that he seek a permit for it. He did. Then the government
denied the permit.
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