Eminent Domain Update
Blitzenn writes | more than 9 years ago As stated in the previous entry, Eminent Domain has been ruled by the Supreme Court as a tool that can be used to 'correct' economic depression. There has however been a significant backlash to that ruling from the public itself. Here in New York, there is a project in Syracuse called DestiNY (Capitalization is as the project owners deemed it). It is a project to construct the world's largest indoor facility. It is to be built with in the City of Syracuse. The problem has been that the footprint is so tremendous, that it will require the use of Eminent Domain to secure all of the land that is necessary to build it. For several years that has been quietly being performed by the city's counsel members. It has now however stopped as national attention has been brought to the use of such powers. The city's counsel has passed a bill of legal suspension on the use of Eminent Domain until such a time as New York's legislature addresses the issue. Apparently the state legislature has agreed that changes need to be made to stop the use of Eminent Domain in cases where one company simple wishes to claim the property for their own profit. In essence, one company's profit favored over another's. Perhaps the ruling of the Supreme Court has actually done some good, by creating a large enough outcry of the public to actually force our government to take action and change the laws. I find it sad that the government has to be 'forced' to protect individual rights. It is somehow indicative of the state of our country in my eyes. Perhaps someday we will have a government that actually serves the people and their true best interest. I do wish that for my children at the least. Perhaps this is a step in the right direction. We will have to wait to see if there is will be any backlash from the government toward the people.