Somin in NY Times Online Eminent Domain Debate
Rather than contributing to economic development in New London, the project behind the landmark 2005 Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London has damaged the local economy by destroying homes and businesses and wasting taxpayers' money, according to Professor Ilya Somin.
Somin weighed in on the issue in a New York Times Room for Debate blog on the topic "A Turning Point for Eminent Domain?"
Pfizer recently announced it is closing its global research and development headquarters in New London, Connecticut. The project was part of the urban renewal effort behind the Kelo decision that upheld the government's eminent domain right to seize private property for public use. The online debate examined possible future effects on eminent domain rulings.
Also participating in the debate were Paul Finkelman of Albany Law School, journalist and author Paul Bass, Dana Berliner of the Institute for Justice, Matthew J. Festa of South Texas College of Law, and Thomas Merrill of Yale Law School.
A Turning Point for Eminent Domain Debate? The New York Times, November 12, 2009.