CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jul 31, 1977
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(Studio) Govt.'s right of eminent domain leads to fight in Chicago neighborhood.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
(Chicago, Illinois) [Ray MEDINA - says government move is un-American.] Last year Ray Medina got federal grant to improve home; this year city condemns it as slum dwelling and orders it and other bldgs. on block removed. [MEDINA - says it's insult to poor people here, but they can be heard, too, sometimes.] According to city council hsing. committee chairperson, aldermen had no specific use in mind for area when bldgs. condemned. [Chairperson Terry GABINSKI - doesn't have good answer for why people will be better off out of area; hasn't seen plans, but area will be redeveloped.] Group with original idea for demolition is coalition of Chicago area Ukranian orgs., many of whose members live in area; group's plans for development noted. [Ukranian Congress Committee spokesperson Julian KULAS - cites plans for shopping center in area.] Dr. Diaz-Perez owns new medical center in area and says city neither inspected building nor notified him of pending demolition. [Dr. L.E. DIAZ-PEREZ - says there are political obligations involved.] City applies to US Housing and Urban Development to use federal community development funds to buy and clear land, but hasn't gotten approval. Opposition by other community groups noted.
REPORTER: Renee Poussaint