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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Government's Ability to Condemn Private Property For Economic Redevelopment

June 28, 2005
On June 23, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. City of New London upheld the condemnation of private property in furtherance of an economic redevelopment plan.

The City of New London, Connecticut, sought to condemn 115 private parcels of land as part of a economic revitalization of the City's downtown. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the City's action rejecting a narrow definition of public use, and adopting a broader public purpose such as economic development.

This article explores the Supreme Court's Kelo decision and its impact on Oregon land use.