Remember The Kelo Decision? This Is What Happened Next…

The Washington Examiner’s Timothy Carney is reporting that the property Pfizer took in eminent domain is going to not be used after all:

The private homes that New London, Conn., took away from Suzette Kelo and her neighbors have been torn down. Their former site is a wasteland of fields of weeds, a monument to the power of eminent domain.

But now Pfizer, the drug company whose neighboring research facility had been the original cause of the homes’ seizure, has just announced that it is closing up shop in New London.

To lure those jobs to New London a decade ago, the local government promised to demolish the older residential neighborhood adjacent to the land Pfizer was buying for next-to-nothing. Suzette Kelo fought the taking to the Supreme Court, and lost. Five justices found this redevelopment met the constitutional hurdle of “public use.”

So this absolute statist atrocity of a law, was confirmed, ultimately, for no reason. People are out of their homes and the property has gone fallow. Great.

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