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Can The Supreme Court Stop The Spread Of Blight?

Reason magazine weighs in on the troubling implications of Kelo v. New London. Will any property be secure?

"Defending the condemnation of homes and businesses to make way for a grandiose redevelopment plan that includes a luxury hotel, condominiums, a health club, office space, and a riverside esplanade, the city of New London, Connecticut, points to the taxes it expects these upscale properties to generate. If the prospect of higher tax revenue justifies the forced transfer of property from one owner to another, O'Connor asked, would it be appropriate for a city to decide that a Motel 6 must give way to a Ritz-Carlton?

'Yes, your honor, it would be,' replied Wesley Horton, New London's lawyer."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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