The Next Kelo?

A small town on the Jersey Shore has turned into a battleground in the eminent domain debate.

"Today, Anzalone, 88, and his 89-year-old wife may lose their home to eminent domain -- the government's power to seize private property for public use. And their neighborhood of 36 properties has become a flashpoint in the national battle over eminent domain that has erupted since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that cities and towns can seize private property for economic development projects.

The city of Long Branch wants to seize the Anzalones' home and other properties in the Video iconMarine Terrace, Ocean Terrace, Seaview Avenue neighborhood and turn the land over to a private developer, which would demolish the houses and replace them with 185 oceanfront condos, many with price tags likely to top $1 million.

But, with bulldozers literally next door, the Anzalones and 23 other neighborhood residents are battling the city in court to save their homes."

Full Story: OUTCRY OVER PROPERTY SEIZURES GROWING; TOWNS SAY REDEVELOPMENT CURES BLIGHT

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95

Stay thirsty, urbanists

These sturdy water bottles are eco-friendly and perfect for urbanists on the go.
$19.00