Thursday, June 23, 2005

Destroying Homes

This is just shocking and wrong.

"A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development... The 5-4 ruling represented a defeat for some Connecticut residents whose homes are slated for destruction to make room for an office complex. They argued that cities have no right to take their land except for projects with a clear public use, such as roads or schools, or to revitalize blighted areas. As a result, cities now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue."

Read full article in NY Times

People are going to lose their homes to an office complex?? How can that be?

- Jean Chen


At 3:45 PM, Blogger son-in-law said...

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At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa, whoa, there. Now if you read the majority decision, it says that the community project was planned proir to any private firms deciding to build in the area. What community project is not, in some way, designed to increase the tax base? I know, I know, fine line, but the court found, and from what I understand from what I have read, there was no foul play involving private firms nudging public officials make the project happen. It should be noted that a large part of the project will consist of public areas.


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