Remember Kelo v. City of New London?

 

If not, read Wikipedia, or better yet, read the actual decision.

Done? Lovely. Now read this. The barbs and sarcasm contained in the following excerpt are, of course, entirely justified:

Eventually, something will probably get built on the site. But in the meantime, it will have lain empty for many years, probably at least a decade in all. In addition to the financial and emotional costs imposed on the people who lost their homes, this hiatus ensures that the takings will be a net loss when it comes to promoting development for the city as well. It is actually quite common for economic development takings to end up destroying more development than they create.

Fortunately, the eight year wait was not a total loss. Feral cats have been making use of the land where Susette Kelo’s house once stood. But I suspect that the city could have built an even better home for the feral cats for a lot less than $80 million, and without condemning any private property.

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    @Percival

    The Kelo decision made it plain that deeds to property in New London weren’t worth the paper they were printed on, and the engineers responsible for this particular railroad are finally figuring out why that is a Bad Thing.

    Hey Pejman!  Has the City of Big Shoulders (mainly in comparison to the tiny heads in between) got that whole Block 37 thing sorted out yet?

    Whoops.  I guess not.

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    @HVTs

    Are you suggesting a power other than government might better allocate scarce resources and make wiser investment decisions?  Steady there, big fella.  I’m sensing some animus here.  Don’t make me go all SCOTUS on you!

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    @Devereaux

    The history of this nation is rife with evidence of “public” projects, most often taken on by a state, that have been miserable failures. These go all the way back to the 1820’s, when several states came near bankruptcy on various and sundry harebrained schemes. Most recently in the village outside of which I live the village board did a similar thing. To this date, now about 10 years later, a main intersection corner remains leveled, now an unimproved parking lot, where once stood a gas station, 3 local businesses, and a bank. Public entities rarely if ever get things like this right. It is inherent in the fact it isn’t their money.

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    @TheDowagerJojo

    The Sierra Club may oppose takings in Montana, but it’s on the side of  takings when it comes to gas drilling in New York state.  In 2008, when development of the Marcellus Shale gas seemed imminent, the Department of Conservation put a moratorium on those permits so they could develop appropriate regulations.  A reasonable move.  Should have taken a year maybe.  It’s now five years, no permitting in sight, and the various excuses for extensions are unconvincing. 

     Permits delayed are permits denied.  After 2 or 3 years the gas companies turned their attention elsewhere, removing equipment, scrapping plans for new facilities, selling out to long-term land investors. The leases that gas companies paid for have been unusable and many expired; no compensation for that.  No compensation for landowners’ lost potential income. Large landowners are a small minority in any town; in some towns their neighbors have taken this opportunity to pass permanent bans even on the type of drilling done safely in the state for a hundred years. No compensation for that.

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    @TheDowagerJojo
    Percival: The Kelo decision made it plain that deeds to property in New London weren’t worth the paper they were printed on, and the engineers responsible for this particular railroad are finally figuring out why that is a Bad Thing.

    Hey Pejman!  Has the City of Big Shoulders (mainly in comparison to the tiny heads in between) got that whole Block 37 thing sorted out yet?

    Whoops.  I guess not. · 3 hours ago

    I can’t get the “Block 37” one to open, but that “Whoops” link:  Amazing.

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    @Percival
    Jojo

    Percival: The Kelo decision made it plain that deeds to property in New London weren’t worth the paper they were printed on, and the engineers responsible for this particular railroad are finally figuring out why that is a Bad Thing.

    Hey Pejman!  Has the City of Big Shoulders (mainly in comparison to the tiny heads in between) got that whole Block 37 thing sorted out yet?

    Whoops.  I guess not. · 3 hours ago

    I can’t get the “Block 37” one to open, but that “Whoops” link:  Amazing. · 4 minutes ago

    If you search chicagomag.com for “A Brief History of Block 37,” you will get the story of a block in the Chicago Loop that the city fathers decided was under-performing.  They could do better, so they rousted the little businesses out 24 years ago.  It has been a money-suck ever since.

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    @FricosisGuy

    If I had some lyrical talent I’d adapt “Kelo” to “Biko.” No property, no freedom.

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    @AddictionIsAChoice

    Can there be a “right to privacy” if our property is only ours in theory?

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    @GumbyMark

    Let’s not forget that the Justices voting on the side of big business and big government in Kelo included Ginsburg, Breyer and Kennedy.  The Justices who had the “empathy” to side with the homeowners were Scalia, Thomas, Rehnquist and O’Connor who were also supported by amicus briefs from the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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    @KnotwisethePoet

    I took a class in college where we looked at Supreme Court Cases involving Bill of Rights issues.  Before each class we’d volunteer or be assigned specific cases to look over and summarize for the class the next week.  I volunteered for Kelo vs. New London, because I remember reading about it on conservative site years earlier and being upset over it.  As I researched it for the class my blood boiled.  The decision only looks more and more wrong and moronic the closer you look at the decision and its aftermath.

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    @FricosisGuy

    @Mark: Funny how these groups know they’re getting sold out by their corporatist friends in the D party, but the GOP never manages to sever ties with the donor groups who benefits from these outrages.

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    @DocJay

    In which I find myself supporting the Sierra Club…

    Warren Buffett’s Coal Problem – May/June 2013 … – Sierra Club

    http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201305/warren-buffett-coal.aspx‎To run his coal trains, the billionaire investor needs to seize land from a … It’s impolite to ask how much land Montana ranchers own or how many cattle they …

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    @DrewInWisconsin

    Ah, one of my first threads on Ricochet!

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    @FrederickKey

    We should salt the earth so that nothing ever grows there. In your FACE, New London.

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    @billy

    Kelo? Only right-wing loons bring this up. I denounce you Pejman Yousefzadeh

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    @CardinalEast
    Mark: Let’s not forget that the Justices voting on the side of big business and big government in Kelo included Ginsburg, Breyer and Kennedy.

    It wasn’t just Pfizer and state and local governments pushing for eminent domain in New London. Let’s not forget that Connecticut College’s president, Dr. Claire Gaudiani, was up to her eyeballs in this case. What could go wrong with a Ph.D. in French literature using the power of her office at a prestigious liberal arts college to intervene in civic affairs (as an unelected official) in order to gentrify her institution’s home city? I have visited the site of Kelo’s former homestead and have seen the feral cats, who live in make-shift shelters and jump to their feet at the sight of visitors, hoping for a hand-out. Too bad the cats can’t appreciate the stellar views of the Thames River that were once Suzette Kelo’s.

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    @PejmanYousefzadeh

    No lyrical talent should be required to make that particular point.

    Fricosis Guy: If I had some lyrical talent I’d adapt “Kelo” to “Biko.” No property, no freedom. · June 29, 2013 at 6:50am

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    @PejmanYousefzadeh

    Not really, no.

    Addiction Is A Choice: Can there be a “right to privacy” if our property is only ours in theory? · June 29, 2013 at 7:09am

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