Posts Tagged ‘kelo’

Kelo and Collective Neighborhood Bargaining Associations

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Mercatus Center:

The 2005 U.S. Supreme Court Kelo v. City of New London decision set off a storm of protest across the United States when the Court approved the condemnation of private property by the city of New London, Connecticut. New London then planned to sell the properties for private development. Ordinary Americans, as many people saw the matter, were being involuntarily evicted in order for other private parties to take their property at a bargain price. The coercive powers of the government were in effect being captured for private enrichment. The Supreme Court acknowledged these dangers but found that there was ample precedent in American constitutional law for government use of condemnation powers for a wide range of actions, including those of New London. The states, if they wanted, could remedy the situation through the normal political means.

How the Supreme Court Destroyed Property Rights and a Little Pink House

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

From Sarah McIntosh at Flint Hills Center for Public Policy:

Title: How the Supreme Court Destroyed Property Rights and a Little Pink House

Author: Sarah McIntosh

Three years ago the United States Supreme Court made a decision that not only threatened the very core of Americans’ property rights, but also destroyed the dreams of a woman who just wanted to live in her beautiful pink house.

Perhaps you have already heard the story. If not, I will warn you it is a sad one. Ms. Suzette Kelo moved to New London Connecticut in 1997 after a divorce. She found an old cottage from 1893 that was in dismal shape, but she saw the promise in it. Even the front door was overgrown when she first laid eyes on it. But she purchased the cottage and started fixing it up right away.

She had a lot of work to do from the foundation to the roof. She devoted time, energy, and money to transforming the ramshackled cottage into a beautiful home. Ms. Kelo worked as a nurse and held other jobs on the side in order to make ends meet. (more…)