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November 18, 2009

Think of Kelo, But Remember Poletown and County of Wayne v. Hathcock Too

Develop Dont Destroy Brooklyn

Norman Oder makes a strong argument that the NY State Court of Appeals will think about Kelo when considering its own legacy when it rules on the Atlantic Yards eminent domain case in the coming days.

But they should also look to and think deeply about Poletown and County of Wayne v. Hathcock.

Before Kelo and New London, Michigan courts made a horrific decision in 1981 to allow massive property takings in Poletown (the nickname of a Detroit neighborhood) for so-called "economic development." Twenty-three years later, Michigan's high court overturned that ruling, far too late for that neighborhood and the thousands who were forced out. And, as is always the case, the pie-in-the-sky benefits never panned out.

New York can and should forestall this outcome in Brooklyn.

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Posted by eric at November 18, 2009 10:09 AM