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It Comes Down To This: Kelo Gets Evicted

Last February, the City of New London voted to condemn Suzanne Kelo's house, along with seven others, and redevelop the entire run-down area on the Thames River.  The rub is in the result:  the City wants to hand the redevelopment over to a private developer.  From private homeowners to private commercial developers, with minimal government involvement. 

The case went up to the U.S. Supreme Court and was one of the most widely-reported Supreme Court cases in recent history.  The decision fell in favor of the City, in large part because it interpreted "public benefit" to fall within the Fifth Amendment's public use requirement.  The 5-4 decision split the court, and also split much of the country. 

Today, the deal is done.

The City of New London City Council voted to evict Ms. Kelo from her home, along with another holdout homeowner, Michael Cristofaro, and the matter is virtually over.  She and Mr. Cristofaro may appeal, but I'm guessing the fight is just about gone in both of them.  But she's had a huge effect on states, cities and counties across the country, many of which have enacted statutes to prevent future Kelo-takings, where land moves from private owner to private owner, and the City consequently increases its tax base. 

I wonder whether King George would say, "I told you so."

June 6, 2006 Update:  In MIPTC"s home, Orange County, residents voted 3 to 1 to prohibit New London-style eminent domain, soundly approving (scroll to bottom) Measure A.

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