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Kelo after four years

The property all the hubbub was about is still vacant. And empty. People lost their homes for nothing. Bad case law established for nothing. City spent $78M for nothing. More at the WSJ.

4 Responses to “Kelo after four years”

  1. chris Says:

    What was Antonin Scalia thinking on this one?

  2. Sailorcurt Says:

    That ruling was a double-edged sword for cities.

    Sure, it gives them the power to “help” companies by taking land that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get…but what company (or individual for that matter) would want to take the risk of setting up shop in a city that can take your land and boot you out any time someone with a bigger, better and more lucrative plan for the property comes along?

    “whatever power you give the State to do things FOR you carries with it the equivalent power to do things TO you.
    –Albert Jay Nock

  3. Nick Says:

    If Kelo was a bad decision, how many bad decisions is that in pounds?

  4. DrStrangegun Says:

    Huh. Seems to me that if Pfizer requested the eminent domain seizures, backing out *should* subject them to covering the entire bill for the city and compensation for the displaced. Otherwise anybody with a slick enough story can ask the local gov’t for something and then back out after irreparable changes have been done, leaving everyone else holding the bag…