Kelo Home Seized Through Controversial Eminent Domain Taking Now Being Used As A Dumping Ground

The Kelo vs. New London case saw the Supreme Court expanding the government’s eminent domain powers to include taking property and giving it to other private citizens for the purposes of economic development and enhancing tax revenues. It was a terrible blow to property rights in America.

And now, in perhaps a fitting end to the sad chapter in American jurisprudence, the City of New London is now using the property the fought to seize all the way to the Supreme Court as a dumping ground. Video below, and a letter to the editor noting the irony of the city using this particular property.

This is how the home looked in happier times before the government took the property from its rightful owner.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Jimmmypop

    i cannot call bs or that youre misinformed, but this cannot be happening…… i really, really hope youre wrong here, rob. 

    i fear, however, you are not.

    • Rob

      Trust me, it’s happening.  Pfizer, the company that was supposed to get the property after the city seized it, pulled out of the deal in 2009.  It’s been sitting vacant ever since.

      • Jimmmypop

        if i were kelo, id offer to buy it back for pennies on the dollar just to remind america about this sham.

        • Rob

          I bet they wouldn’t sell.  What a PR black eye that would be.

          Or maybe they’d get some good will if they gave the poor woman an apology.

          • Jimmy_Wildcat

            Kelo was/is the most expansive application of the 5th Amendment’s Taking’s Clause.

            “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

            Many free market conservatives are surprised that the founding fathers gave the government such a broad power to take private property. They did. And like many other constitutional issues, the meaning of “public use” is not plain on its face. 

  • Jtmiller

    Somewhat like the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.  Let’s rebuild!

    • flamemeister

      While touring Moscow with my daughter—who has an office there—we visited this cathedral and she told me of the utter dedication with which it was rebuilt.  Some workers slept in the scaffolding so that minimum time would be lost in its rebuilding.

  • Jamermorrow

    Good thing we have the Constitution to protect us.