Post-Kelo Reforms Aren't Strong Enough
by Timothy Sandefur
Adrian More of the Reason Foundation argues that
Local officials’ grand redevelopment schemes emanate from a vision in which community needs trump individual ones—on everything from public safety to how a privately-owned building should be used.
…It may seem reasonable to allow eminent domain to deal with "blight," because we all picture scenes of the worst of inner city Detroit—burnt out shells of buildings and empty lots piled high with trash—when we think of blight. But in fact, blight is in the eye of the beholder. Everything from an empty desert to a row of successful businesses to a neighborhood of modest but clean homes has been declared “blight” by people who have an alternative vision of how their community should look.
Well said! (Read the rest…)
What to read next
In February, eight Black and Hispanic families filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Connecticut State Department of Education’s race-based enrollment quotas for Hartford’s magnet schools. This policy mandates that 25% of a … ›
Don’t know how to identify every one of the 1,500 endangered species? This group wants to throw you in prison.
Ok, that’s a slight overstatement. But not as much of one as you would think. Activist group WildEarth Guardians apparently dreams of a world in which people can be thrown … ›