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Reader Requested Friday Question of the Day

From the Red Porch, originally uploaded by Rukasu1.

This is a rather vague one for the moment but more details to come soon. In the meantime a reader writes:

“Would you support the uses of Eminent Domain by the DC government for urban revitalization project within your community?

The Supreme Court ruled that the uses of eminent domain for community benefit was just (Kelo v. City of New London), where the court agreed with the City of New London that the general benefits a community enjoyed from redevelopment and economic growth qualified as a permissible “public use” under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelo_v._City_of_New_London

Meaning that the Govt can uses eminent domain to gain control of a property and then offer it up for redevelopment to private developers. The city has used eminent domain to gain control of land in the following projects:

The National Baseball Stadium – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45455-2005Feb22.html

DC USA Mall in Columbia Heights

Northwest One Redevelopment – http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/images/00001/20060725142345.pdf

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