Eminent Domain At Gunpoint

Cities can't be trusted with sweeping eminent domain powers, writes Reason columnist Jacob Sullum.

" 'Cities use eminent domain most often as a negotiating tool with property owners,' explained Peterson, who was speaking for the National League of Cities. 'Just having the tool available makes it possible to negotiate with landowners.' Sure it doesâ€"in the same way just having a gun available makes it possible for a bank robber to negotiate with a teller."

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