The founding fathers are turning on a spit in their graves....<br><br>The Supreme Court has ruled that the government may, without justifiable reason, steal your home for a price that they decide at the behest of a developer.<br><br>Folks, this marks the official death of private property rights in this country. Your homes are no longer yours...they have all officially been co-deeded to the cities in which you live...and they can buy you out anytime they want, at a price they decide. That's called stealing. <br><br>Once again, the Men In Black legislate from the bench, robbing Americans of their Constitutional rights. A sad day. <br><br>Link<br><br>
I don't think it's that drastic, but it is scary, isn't it? In this case, the court considered the economic condition of the township, so they definitely established some kind of standard for the law's application, albeit a very very loose one. Ugh... well, at least here's another reason to like Justice O'Conner. From what was quoted on the radio, she wrote a great dissent.<br><br>If there is any upside to this, it may very well be similar to the Terri Shaivo case. People are going to take notice more and more when their local governments claim the right of eminent domain and will hopefully check them at the voting booth when they move the wrong way. Indiana has already started proposing legislation to limit government land seizures.<br><br>That of course does not undo the horrible symbolic tone this sets for private developers looking at some prime real estate being taken up by all those pesky homeowners.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey<br>
Imagine you own a family farm. It's been in your family for generations. <br><br>But your city wants to build a shopping mall there. You don't want to sell. Well guess what? Out of their hunger for tax revenue and in the name of "economic development," they can take it and pay you what they think it's worth. <br><br>Theft. No other word for it. <br><br>
I had been feeling a little blue over having sold my house in Boca and having to rent again when I get back to NYC. Then I read about this in the Times this AM, and thought "What am I really giving up? What good is home-ownership if one of these developers decides a hotel would be better for the area than my house?" Yeesh!<br><br>This damn near happened in Brooklyn about 2 years ago when the Jets were considering an area near Flatbush Ave for a new stadium. Several; blocks of recently renovated brownstones were slated for eminent domain had the project been approved! Scary...<br><br>
Well shouldn't be too long now before the cities start removing the churches, homeless shelters, homes for victims, etc. You can get so much more tax from an hotel or office complex afterall.<br><br><br><br>We all do what we do for the same reason: because it seems like a good idea at the time.
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I don't see where this is anything new, it's been done for as long as I can remember. I've seen it happen dozens of times in my life.<br><br>Yes it can suck, most certainly for the homeowners that don't want to move, but it also can have an upside. Baltimore wouldn't have it's wonderful harbor without eminent domain.<br><br>I can vaguely remember the uproar when I was a little kid of the land being taken for development of the harbor, and I remember harborplace being built. Frankly Baltimore would be a dead city today if they hadn't done it. I don't think you'll find one person now that says it was a bad idea, including all those that opposed it.<br><br>
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