The More Eminent Domain, The Better

In Des Moines, eminent domain was a critical tool used to revitalize downtown, and the Kelo decision has put 'that ability under a cloud'.
February 8, 2006, 10am PST | David Gest
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"Anyone coming into downtown Des Moines today for the first time would find it hard to believe the thriving business district was legally declared a slum just 30 years ago."

Yet thanks to eminent domain and urban renewal, "the taxable value of the core urban-renewal districts downtown has grown by more than $1 billion. And, by the city's calculations, that much more has been invested in public and private projects in just the past five years in those and surrounding downtown districts."

How did they do it? "...a critically important tool used by the city was the power of eminent domain -- the ability to acquire land and buildings through condemnation."

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Published on Sunday, January 29, 2006 in Des Moines Register
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