I remember Vera Coking who blocked Trump from building his Atlantic City Hotel & Casino. That was a huge eminent domain battle. Trump unsuccessfully tried to have Coking’s house condemned. Coking was helped out by the Institute of Justice. In the end, Trump ended up building his hotel around Coking’s house.
The tale of Edith Macefield is apparently local legend in the Seattle area. In 2007, she famously turned down $1 million for her home, even as developers were literally building a shopping mall around it.
Macefield, who died in 2008 at the age of 86, refused to sell her 1,000-square-foot home to developers for $1 million because she didn’t want to leave her home. So the developers were forced to alter their plans and build the mixed-use office and retail building around Macefield’s home.
The result left her home as a bit of a local landmark and one of the most famous spite houses in the nation. Because the shopping mall was built around her house, instead of the other way around, Macefield’s house didn’t make HousingWire’s list of “The most obnoxious houses built of spite.” But honestly, in its heyday, Macefield’s house was anything but obnoxious.
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