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So much for home ownership


Supreme Court rules in favor of home seizures for property development


What are the justices thinking? I cannot believe the Supreme Court could be so incredibly short-sighted. Atlanta's sprawl is bad enough without giving the developers the leverage of actual law when they already have government officials in their pockets.

Home ownership is a cornerstone of the American Dream: immigrants have dodged bullets, suffered rides on rafts made of scraps in treacherous waters, and taken some of the worst jobs imaginable just to have a better opportunity here, and the hope, perhaps, of their children or grandchildren owning their own little piece of country.

I knew someone who actually endured eminent domain. His family won their case, but they also had the money to hire one of the best lawyers in the state. Had this ruling existed, I'm not sure they would've won, and I'm definitely sure that many people who don't have the financial resources that his family worked very hard to earn wouldn't stand a chance of saving their homes.

The Supreme Court seems to have little interest in upholding the rights of the individual these days.

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arafel
Jun. 23rd, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
I couldn't believe that when I read it. So the local government has a right to seize my house to put up a minimall? Unreal.
canopic_no_9
Jun. 23rd, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
Jesus. This is unreal. Plus, in this economy who is going to the health clubs and hotels that they are building? I guess people have already forgotten about that war 'thing'.
freakyferret
Jun. 23rd, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
There's a war going on?
freakyferret
Jun. 23rd, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
I saw this in another place. I didn't LJ it cause it's not new to me. Stuff like that has been happening for decades.
twr
Jun. 24th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh look, now the local government
Can play SimCity with your house! "Hmmm, I think I want to rezone that residential area as commercial."
hokiegirl1
Jun. 24th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
I am still in such disbelief that the Supreme Courts decided for this. So the term private property is no longer the case since they are letting THE MAN take over. There are so many empty old office buildings and shopping centers that go unused only to have someone's private property taken away from them for the use of developers. Sickening.
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