Eminent domain has traditionally worked against homeowners that are forced to sell their property to make way for a new landmark. But now, Richmond, Calif., hopes to use the program's power to assist people to stay right where they are, the New York Times reports. 

 Scarcely touched by the nation’s housing recovery and tired of waiting for federal help, Richmond is about to become the first city in the nation to try eminent domain as a way to stop foreclosures.