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New London Eminent Domain Abandonement

NLDC Destroyed
Stay Out
Plasma Tv
Abandoned by Eminent Domain
Overgrown Sidewalks
Empty Main Street
No Tresspassing
Open Basement
Yellow Tape

A few years ago, I worked for a time in New London CT. I took the time one day during lunch to take the camera down to the site of an eminent domain case that made national news. The case, Kelo v. City of New London was all over the forced move of a whole neighborhood by the water so the town could "develop" the area for business. The home owners fought against the eminent domain case being made by the state and town, but, in the end they lost and had to move.

Of course, as the government often does though, they failed to actually develop the land for a long time, and in fact, as I have not been down there recently, it may still be in the state you see it here circa 2007. Many people also got less than their properties were worth (a feature of eminent domain) and lost since nice waterfront property needlessly that had in some cases been in families for quite some time.

Needless to say, I am not a fan of eminent domain and given everything that has transpired nationally with our economy and politically, this was just a foreshadowing of what was to come.

If you would like to know more about this incident go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelo_v._City_of_New_London

S.

2 responses

  • Patrick Westerfield

    Patrick Westerfield gave props (18 Mar 2012):

    great article and photos

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith said (18 Mar 2012):

    This story reminds all of us that we never really own our property and only live in it as long as the government doesn't want it.

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