Thursday, June 23, 2005

Bye, Bye Fifth

Remember when a man's home was his castle and that only a legitimate public need could cause you to lose your home. Well congratulations because the next wealthy developer that thinks your neigborhood would make a nice mall or office complex can take it with no problem. The Supreme court just took another big bite out of the Constitution.


The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses -- even against their will -- for private economic development.

It was a decision fraught with huge implications for a country with many areas, particularly the rapidly growing urban and suburban areas, facing countervailing pressures of development and property ownership rights.


As a result, cities have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes to generate tax revenue.

Scratch one Fifth Ammednment. We are so fucked!

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