The Kelo Eminent Domain Case Takes a Turn

Four years ago, five judicial despots on the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to property rights by ruling in Kelo v. New London that cities can seize private property for the “greater economic good” — a process referred to as “eminent domain.” Typical of liberal tyranny, the promise of good that launched the Kelo disaster has flopped. It seems Pfizer — whose move to New London eight years ago was secured by the city’s pledge to raze a neighborhood — is now pulling out.

According to the Hartford Courant, the company “is now deciding what to do with its giant New London offices, and will consider selling it, leasing it and other options.” The Courant doesn’t mention that one option not available is restoring the homes demolished in pursuit of the “public good.”

As the New London Day reports, the “development that started in conjunction with Pfizer’s move into the city … has left little but flattened buildings and eminent-domain angst in its wake.” Perhaps trying to soften the blow, Tony Sheridan, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, claims, “The facility in New London was built with the best of intentions.”

Apparently, no one noticed this same material paves the proverbial road to hell.


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