After the 2005 Kelo
) decision, granting the city of New London, CT the right to seize dozens of homes to make way for a luxury development including a hotel, stores, and condominiums next to a Pfizer research facility. The Kelo House itself
was spared - moved to another part of town. The rest were demolished. The planned development? It never happened
. All that's left are empty fields. Oh, and the research facility? Pfizer just announced they'll be closing it
Kelo vs. City of New London
) is still getting those wacky libertarians riled up. They're trying
to take the house of one of the justices (david souter
) who backed the ruling. They've now got an initiative on the ballot in Souter's home town. The initiative would take souter's home for the purpose of building a hotel and set up the necessary donation funds to make it happen. That may be over now
that a motion made by Board of Selectmen queen WALTER BOHLIN (light shirt gray pants
) has passed. The motion will add the word "NOT" before each action item. You gotta admit, that's kinda funny. (full disclosure: i have these guys $25)
The town of Riviera Beach, FL is considering the use of eminent domain
to relocate 6,000 poor, predominantly black citizens to make way for a yacht club. More fallout from the previously discussed
Kelo vs. New London decision.
New London Development Corporation Breaks Eminent Domain Moratorium Pledge, Starts Charging Rent.
Previously discussed here
the Kelo case has just gotten more outrageous. Breaking its word and defying both Governor M. Jodi Rell and the Connecticut legislature, the New London Development Corporation (NLDC) has apparently now decided not to abide by a moratorium
called for by both the governor and legislature.
After winning a landmark eminent domain ruling from the Supreme Court, the New London Development Corporation now wants to pay residents based on value they held in 2000, rather then 2005, which would leave them unable to buy equivalent new home in today's real estate bubble.
Then also want to charge back rent. In some cases up to $300 thousand. Susette Kelo herself now owes $56k.
Howard Dean Again Ratchets up Anti-Bush Rhetoric,
this time blaming the President's right-wing supreme court for the recent Kelo ruling.
These comments strike some as confusing,
seeing as how none of the justices at the time were appointed by the President, and 3 of the dissenters are considered to be the most conservative members on the bench.
The Supreme Court broadly expanded eminent domain in Kelo V. New London
last Thursday. The city of Freeport, TX wasted no time.
City attorneys are preparing legal documents to seize three pieces of waterfront property from two seafood companies for construction of an $8 million private boat marina.
Coming to a city near you soon?