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The Changing Landscape of Eminent Domain Law in the Wake of Kelo

In the Summer of 2005, the United States Supreme Court held in Kelo v. City of New London that local governments can take private property through eminent domain for the purpose of economic development and transfer ownership to other private entities that would put the land to a different use even when such private property is not blighted or economically impaired. The Kelo property was taken by the City of New London, Conn. in an effort to revitalize the distressed downtown area pursuant to Connecticut laws allowing the use of eminent domain for the purpose of economic development or redevelopment.
 
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