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February 13, 2008

EMINENT DOMAINIA: The Big Apple Bites!

The Columbia Current, Eminent Domain: Properties, Principles, and Strange Bedfellows

Like many members of the Columbia community, I would like to see the University expand into Manhattanville and begin construction on many of the promising projects it has outlined. Such an expansion would undoubtedly benefit the University, enhancing its research capabilities and adding much-needed space for students and faculty. The expansion will also benefit the local community with expanded job opportunities and all the economic opportunities that follow an institution like Columbia. However, the prospect of using the state's eminent domain power is a hard pill to swallow. And the implications of such a decision might outweigh any benefits derived from expansion.

The Day, Eminent Domain Proposed To Grab Pfizer N.Y. Plant
There's one word that's on everyone's lips after hearing how NY State Assemblyman Vito Lopez is proposing to use eminent domain to force the sale of the Pfizer plant in Williamsburg — irony.

Pfizer is the same company that inspired economic-development plans in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London after the pharmaceutical giant started building its Global Research & Development headquarters there nearly a decade ago.

“Ah, irony,” says Scott Bullock, senior attorney with the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Justice, the group that defended Fort Trumbull resident Susette Kelo as the lead plaintiff in Kelo v. City of New London — the property-rights case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. The city won the case three years ago.

“It shows that once the power goes to government to take properties on behalf of private parties, the tables can easily be turned on you ... if you're out of favor with the powers that be,” Bullock said.

Ground Report, They Call It Developing Downtown On Long Island
A Long Island Libertarian reminds people that there's a party in Riverhead that does not promote the use of eminent domain to coerce property owners in Riverhead to sell to a developer.

Posted by lumi at February 13, 2008 4:05 AM