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Private vs. Public Property – Today in History: June 23

Fort Trumbull neighborhood, New London
Fort Trumbull neighborhood, New London

On June 23, 2005, in the eminent domain case Kelo et al vs. New London, the US Supreme Court ruled that a city may take private property under the “takings” clause of the Fifth Amendment if the taking is for a plan of economic development that will benefit the community as a whole. The 5-4 decision, which resulted in the destruction of an old residential neighborhood, supported the urban development plan put forward by the New London Development Corporation (NLDC), a plan that was to develop new businesses immediately adjacent to the headquarters and research facility of pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Inc.

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