Private Property Rights And Public Use: Finding The Balance

Eminent domain has been a tool used by governmental authorities to advance the public good or for public use, but who decides what is in the public's interest? This story highlights problems inherent to wielding such power.
October 24, 2003, 12pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"...there isn't much you can do once city officials decide to wield eminent domain, which allows governments to forcibly buy private land and redevelop it for public purposes...The concept of eminent domain has pitted property owners against local authorities since kings ruled in the Middle Ages. In its modern context, government routinely takes private property for public use such as highways and prisons, but the intent has turned more commercial over the years."

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Published on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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