Field Guide to Private Property Rights
Americans are passionate about their property rights, and disagreements can pit neighbor against neighbor. The issue of eminent domain can arouse the fury of many citizens, who take seriously the last clause of the Fifth Amendment—nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. The infamous 2005 Kelo v New London Eminent Domain case (the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of New London) generated anger and discussion on both sides of this debate. These articles and links examine property rights, government regulations, eminent domain and much more. (F. Heller, Manager, Library & Archives)
Property Rights News
Texas Supreme Court reverses decisions two state agency permits; Removes Denbury Green Pipeline common carrier status, (The Southeast Texas Record, Aug. 30, 2011).
Empty Atlantic City boarding home near casinos selling for $5 million, (Press of Atlantic City, Aug. 29, 2011).
A stake in the sand, (New York Times, Mar. 15, 2010).
City's undue delay in condemning property can constitute inverse condemnation, (Appraisal Journal, Winter 2009). Q
Comparable sales that occur after a taking can be considered in establishing fair value, (Appraisal Journal, Winter 2009). Q
Who owns the moon? The galactic government vs the UN, (National Geographic, July 17, 2009).
In 1998, 15 residents in New London, CT resisted attempts by the Pfizer Company to purchase their homes (Pfizer had built a new plant and wanted the additional land to sell to commercial developers). The city cited eminent domain and the case went to the Supreme Court. On June 23, 2005, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the City of New London in a 5-4 decision.
Major California Property Rights Victory for Landowners in Eminent Domain Abuse Fight, (Institute for Justice, Apr. 22, 2011).
Texas house OKs restrictions on using eminent domain, (Houston Chronicle, Apr. 13, 2011).
Eminent domain at center of property rights bill, (The Herald Everett, Mar. 25, 2011).
Pfizer to Leave City That Won Land-Use Case, (New York Times, Nov. 12, 2009).
50 state report card - tracking eminent domain reform legislation since Kelo, (Castle Coalition, July 16, 2009).
Property owners get ‘consolation prize’ on eminent domain reform, (Texas Farm Bureau, June 1, 2009).
Eminent domain challenges the property valuation process, (CCIM, Jan./Feb. 2009).
Eminent domain: A review of the issues, (Journal of Real Estate Literature, 2009). Q
Kelo's consequences, (Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2007). Q
Kelo v. City of New London, (Harvard Law Review, 2006).
"In every civilized society property rights must be carefully safeguarded; ordinarily and in the great majority of cases, human rights and property rights are fundamentally and in the long run, identical." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Legal & Legislative Issues
Court: Natural shore is Lake Erie property line, (Coshocton Tribune, Sept. 15, 2011).
Property rights limited in budget bill, (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 13, 2011).
The hidden costs of predatory takings, (Realty Times, Feb. 13, 2007).
Playing the takings game: how government regulates away property rights, (The Goldwater Institute, June 13, 2006).
An overview of the U.S. Supreme Court "takings" law, (National Association of REALTORS®—Law and Policy, 1997).
eBooks & Other Resources
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
Evicted! Property Rights and Eminent Domain, Adobe PDF eBook
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