“50 years on this street/78 years in Norfolk/100 workers/Threatened by eminent domain!”

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I am from Hampton Roads which comprises Newport News, Hampton, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. I was born in Portsmouth and grew up for the most part in Virginia Beach. Norfolk is wedged in the middle.

Norfolk can use as many good employers as it can get. But the local university wanted to jack the land of Central Radio, well, basically because it could using connections it had in government.

But, hallelujah, Central Radio beat ODU back in court, but it didn’t take down its statement of defiance. This annoys some at the University.

Bob w

(From The Institute for Justice)

Central Radio has been a Norfolk institution for more than 80 years, but in 2010 the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority moved to take its land and building through eminent domain and turn it over to nearby Old Dominion University (a land grab Central Radio would ultimately defeat). In response to the threat, Central Radio hung a 375-square foot protest banner on the very building the government was trying to take. It read: “50 years on this street/78 years in Norfolk/100 workers/Threatened by eminent domain!”

Acting on a complaint made by an official at Old Dominion—the very entity that stood to acquire Central Radio’s property—the city quickly cited Central Radio and ordered the banner be taken down. Yet, under Norfolk’s sign code, the banner would have been allowed if it had fallen into one of the various favored categories of signs that Norfolk exempts from regulation. For example, a banner of the same size, in the same location, would have been perfectly permissible if, rather than protesting city policy, it depicted the city flag or crest.

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