“Kelo v. New London”: An Ignominous End for Notorious High Court Ruling

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In 2005, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Kelo v. New London, using the powers of eminent domain to seize property from one private owner and hand it over to another private owner — a developer who promised more than 3,000 new jobs and $1.2 million in tax revenue at the Fort Trumbull development site.

The redevelopment project never came about, and the final indignity is a video showing residents dumping storm debris from Hurricane Irene on the development site.

Gideon’s Trumpet, a blog on takings of property by eminent domain, describes the rest of the story:

. . . the city’s project has been a failure, with 91 acres of waterfront property sitting there empty and overgrown by weeds.

Now, we learn from the local newspaper, The Day, that following the hurricane Irene, the city has designated the Fort Trumbull redevelopment site as a place to dump vegetation debris. For a video of locals dumping that stuff on the site, click here.

Connecticut taxpayers have thus been soaked tens of millions of dollars, not just for nothing, but for making things worse — for transforming a nice local neighborhood into a dump.

For previous Saint Report posts on this topic, click here.

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