This Land Is My Land

How an eye-popping Supreme Court decision set off one of this year's most passionate election fights

For 60 years, three generations of Robert Blue's family have operated a luggage store at Hollywood and Vine, along the brass-starred Walk of Fame. Lucille Ball bought her suitcases there. The neighborhood fell into disrepair in recent years, though, with homeless people camping out on trash-strewn streets. Blue's shop was looking shabby too, its window displays outmoded, its linoleum worn. But when the City of Los Angeles moved to condemn his building--not to build a school or a fire station but to make way for a glitzy $500 million private hotel and condo complex--Blue dug in for what would become a...

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