Poletown Revisited

Jacob Sullum has written an excellent summary of the Michigan Supreme Court's re-review and reversal of Poletown Neighborhood Council v. Detroit. This is important because Poletown set a precedent for eminent domain seizures of private property for almost any semi-public use. In Portland this decision bolstered the city's taking of property for the MAX mass-transit system. In Las Vegas, Poletown was a precedent for seizing downtown property to sell to a casino.

Such seizures are incredibly wrong, of course. Who knows? Next we'll see the excessive power to zone out all improvements reduced.

Josh Poulson

Posted Friday, Aug 6 2004 03:19 PM

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