Tag Archive: Eminent domain

You Can’t Peddle Prosperity

Ilya Somin makes a great point on the Detroit bankruptcy:

Detroit’s sixty year decline, culminating in its recent bankruptcy, has many causes. But one that should not be ignored is the city’s extensive use of eminent domain to transfer property to politically influential private interests. For many years, Detroit aggressively used eminent domain to promote “economic development” and “urban renewal.” The most notorious example was the 1981 Poletown case, in which some 4000 people lost

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Another SCOTUS Win

After you’ve watched the enragifying video in Rich’s post, you can calm yourself with this:

The federal government suffered a major defeat today at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States. In their unanimous decision, the justices rejected the government’s sweeping claim that a series of recurring floods induced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not qualify as a taking of property under

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The Norfolk Tyranny

This one has it all:

Central Radio Company, which first opened 78 years ago and has been at its current location of 1083 West 39th Street for 50 years, is currently under siege. First officials at the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority attempted to seize their property in order to transfer it to Old Dominion University, which currently has no specific site development plan for Central Radio’s property. The owners of the company, Bob Wilson

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Susette Kelo’s Land Fill

About once a generation SCOTUS whiffs it beyond belief. Dred Scott (blacks are property, not people), Plessy v Ferguson (separate but equal), Katzenbach v. McClung (providing Congress under the auspices of The Commerce Clause the ability to pass any damn law they want), all good examples. But for me the decision that really stunk up the joint was Kelo, which basically shot to hell any private property protections. Where as in the past the … Read more