A disturbing ruling came down from the Supreme Court this morning. In a 5-4 ruling the court has sided with developers and cities interested in seizing property from private citizens wherever they please.
What reason do they need to use to take someone’s property and sell it to a private developer? That it’s in the communities best interest. For tax reasons, because they’d like more strip malls instead of pretty houses, pretty much anything that can be packaged under the guise of “public benefit.”
Why have I posted this at blogging.la? If you don’t own property you might not be effected. Unless some developer decides that your apartment building would be better as a strip mall. I’ve posted this here because the only way to prevent seizure of your home is to be involved and aware of your city council. So next time a local election rolls around and you think it doesn’t matter … it does.
The community that started this escapade is New London, CT. The AP article said, “The neighborhood that will be swept away includes Victorian-era houses and small businesses that in some instances have been owned by several generations of families. Among the New London residents in the case is a couple in their 80s who have lived in the same home for more than 50 years.” We’re not talking blighted communities, we’re talking vibrant, occupied and involved neighborhoods.
(photo by Cathy Cole via flickr)