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June 24, 2005

More on Kelo and Eminent Domain

I really am just shocked that so many liberal bloggers are upset by the Supreme Court decision upholding local power over eminent domain.

Let me put in this is raw political terms.  Do they really want rightwing courts deciding what is in the "public interest" versus generally progressively-governed cities? 

To give an example from New York City, many poor section 8 and other low-income renters are threatened with evictions as rental housing is converted to condos.  The NYC City Council just approved an ordinance to give such renters the right to buy their apartments.  This is de facto a form of eminent domain to force landlords to sell their apartments at market rates to specific homebuyers.

Do liberals opposed to yesterday's court ruling think this should be struck down as violating the 5th Amendment rights of the landlords?

Posted by Nathan at June 24, 2005 06:50 AM