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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 105 -- Eminent Domain Failure.
Some historical examples of the failure of eminent domain, pre-Kelo:
In 1959, through the use of eminent domain and a desire to foster economic development, the City of New Haven demolished the one-block-long Spruce Street, which was less than 500 yards from the town green and Yale's campus. With it vanished 23 houses and stores owned by Asians, blacks and first-generation immigrants from Italy, Russia, Ireland, Poland and Greece. There was the A.&P. grocery store, the Joseph Horowitz junkyard, Afinitto's meat market, two nightclubs, Jacob Gutkin's tailor shop, Dorothy Cohen's Hebrew tutoring business and Bill Jones's trucking operation, not to mention Charley Brewster's brothel and an after-hours juke joint where visiting musicians like Duke Ellington once played.
Posted by Will Franklin · 12 July 2005 09:09 AM
I was in graduate school in New Haven during the 60's and New Haven was a national story on redevelopment. There was a freeway to nowhere splitting the town, acres of cleared land and none of the redevlopment projects added quality or livability to the town. Yale even considered abandoning its campus and relocating elsewher.
Posted by: Ralph at July 12, 2005 09:46 AM
I suspect the Kelo decision will be the Plessy case of this century. One reason Plessy was reversed was because "equal" could mean anything if it were left to the states to define it.
Sooner or later the court will see that it simply makes no sense to say that state governments have any absolute (i.e. unbounded) powers. Either the federal constitution sets limits upon every level of government or the constitution means nothing.
Kelo was the latest in a series of rulings which gave government more and more power over property. In that respect it was no legal surprise.
Now states can define "public use" as they wish. This makes no sense - the words of the Constitution are not different in each state. The states can control only what is not addressed in the Constitution - e.g. murder, size of juries, etc. are not addressed.
Legal scholars will fill volumes with fine words about federal v. state powers. But Kelo is a mistake because it implies the words of the constitution mean different things in different states.
Kelo harks back to the mistaken "community standards" ruling about obscenity. In the final analysis that did no good; though it is hard to feel sympathy for strip clubs and pornographers.
Posted by: Ken at July 12, 2005 05:15 PM