Saturday, June 21, 2008

Kelo Day is June 23

Monday is the three-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. City of New London, upholding the Connecticut city's use of its eminent domain power to transfer real property from one private party (the homeowners) to another (a developer). While eminent domain had been used in the past to combat "urban blight," this was the first time it been wielded so nakedly to take property from Joe Homeowner and give it to Big Business, just because it stood in the way of "progress."

In response to the decision, 42 states passed new laws prohibiting this practice. Florida was one of them, via a constitutional amendment that received 69% voter support.

Today, Susette Kelo's little pink house has been moved to a historic preservation area of New London. And the development that was going to be such a boon to the local economy? Despite spending $78 million in taxpayer money, it still hasn't gotten off the ground.

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