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    Woman held her ground as mall is built around her house

    -Macefield died at home, just the way she wanted.

    The Ballard woman who captured hearts and admirers around the world when she stubbornly turned down $1 million to sell her home to make way for a commercial development died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. She was 86.

    "I don't want to move. I don't need the money. Money doesn't mean anything," she told the Seattle P-I in October.

    She continued living in the little old house in the 1400 block of Northwest 46th Street even after concrete walls rose around her, coming within a few feet of her kitchen window. Cranes towered over her roof. Macefield turned up the television or her favorite opera music a little louder and stayed put.

    "I went through World War II, the noise doesn't bother me," she said in October. "They'll get it done someday."

    Macefield's stubbornness was cheered by Ballard residents tired of watching the blue-collar neighborhood disappear under condominiums and trendy restaurants. Her story was picked up by the national news and spread around the world...

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local/artic...ld-1276795.php


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    I wonder what they're going to do with the house now?

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    A strong bravo to the woman, for standing her ground.

    I'm not sure when they built the shopping mall, but I believe that under the U.S. Supreme Court Kelo decision of 2005, which expanded the situations under which eminent domain may be invoked, the city government could have forced her to vacate her home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njtom View Post
    A strong bravo to the woman, for standing her ground.

    I'm not sure when they built the shopping mall, but I believe that under the U.S. Supreme Court Kelo decision of 2005, which expanded the situations under which eminent domain may be invoked, the city government could have forced her to vacate her home.
    yup...for the "better good" of the area residents.

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    It's in the state of Washington... so they'll probably turn it in to a pot shop so people can get stoned man

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