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04/02/2004 Archived Entry: "Eminent Domain"

CLASSIC GOVERNMENT THINKING. Debra here, subbing for Claire. Long Branch, NJ officials are using their power of eminent domain to tear down houses. Nothing new, right? After all, eminent domain is used for absolute necessities, like highways, airports, and .... newer houses?

Yep. Newer houses. Apparently the old houses aren't up to snuff for the city and the current owners don't want to sell, so they're seizing them under eminent domain. Their justification? "Change is very difficult for anyone," says David G. Brown, the City Council's president. "It makes sense when you analyze the whole plan."

Oh, did I mention that the properties being seized are seaside cottages? Worth a serious bundle? Now it makes sense.

Posted by Debra @ 08:26 AM CST

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