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Homeowners Kicked Out in the Name of ‘Progress’

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

The New London, Conn., City Council has finally done what the U.S. Supreme Court gave them permission to do last year. They evicted two homeowners whose only crime was living on property big business wanted.

The council voted 5-2 to evict Michael Christofaro and Susette Kelo, the last two homeowners in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London. Developers want to build a hotel, convention center and upscale condominiums in the depressed neighborhood.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its infamous Kelo v. New London decision, which held that municipalities have broad rights to use eminent domain to take property from private citizens, even when the property’s ultimate use is for private development. Many states responded to the ruling by severely curtailing the rights of government to use eminent domain in similar situations.

The decision was one of the worst of the court’s last term. Eminent domain has some legitimate uses, but it should not be used to take property from one private entity to provide it to another. It simply isn’t a legitimate role of government to decide economic winners and losers.

The outcry over the Kelo decision last year should have given the city council pause, but they apparently saw only dollar signs instead of people when they made this decision.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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