TAKINGSI agree with Anonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas!
| Never thought I'd see the day! Kelo et al v City of New London
has determined that development corporations can seize the homes of private citizens for as yet uncertain gains | The winners here are Pfizer Corporation and the New London Development Corporation [NLDC] | Now land profiteers can move in, build luxury residences, toney shopping areas, maybe some private clubs for upper management types, all at the expense of average middle income home owners |
It is generally held in the United States that, from the founding of the nation to the closing of the frontier, the nation, in a zealous fashion, provided cheap or free farmland to its citizens | This is far from the truth | During the first decades of western settlement, from the Northeast Ordinance of 1787 to the Civil War, land laws favored profiteers and speculators |
In February, the Coalition for Redevelopment Reform
noted that "...such battles have long been a staple of U.S. westward expansion. In the 19th century, farmers, railroads, miners and ranchers competed for the opportunity to exploit rural resources
" and that Today, the disputes have become more urban-based, focusing on stadiums, office parks and shopping centers. Courts and legislatures around the country have had widely differing standards on when eminent domain can be used.
" Pfizer and NLDC plans include a hotel/conference center and a daycare facility for Pfizer employees located within walking distance of the company's complex | A bioscience research park; an athletic center; and 80 units of housing, retail and commercial space are also said to be part of the as yet to be constructed mix |
15 properties remaining unbulldozed | People still live in them | This whole experience could have been avoided | Many cities have successfully incorporated older, settled neighborhoods into redevelopment plans | Worse, the NLDC has experience rehabbing older homes
, some of them quite close, geographically, to the probably soon to be razed doomed 15 |
Agreed, a large junkyard and oil tanks were removed and the area cleaned up from their residues | But this doesn't make the remaining properties "unsightly blights" as Pfizer executives and the NDLC deceitfully describe the remaining homes | Modest, to be sure, but sometimes modestly does alot to temper official hubris |
But back to the Supremes | It was William Rhenquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Sandra Day O'Conner who spoke outa against this travesty of social justice |