In 2005, Kelo v. City of New London made eminent domain infamous. The widely reviled Supreme Court ruling gave the go ahead for the city of New London to use eminent domain for taking private property in order that it be given to a private company for “economic development.”
The public response was one of outrage. Facing the potential wrath of voters, politicians across the country moved to add new protections against such abusive seizures. But that wasn’t enough to save the homes of the folks in New London, whose property never would be developed. Pfizer, the intended beneficiary of the land theft, walked away years ago from their development plans.
Now at the end of this experiment in economic development via central planning there is a dump instead of a tax paying neighborhood.
Watch New Haven dump on the grave of one of their own neighborhoods, and in so doing their own private property rights, rather than steps of the New Haven City Hall: