There has never been an enforcement of Eminent Domain that I am aware of where I agreed with it.
I personally think it should be abolished, and I sometimes wonder what the hell the founding fathers were thinking with that clause.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
The Associated Press April 14, 2011
Pipeline firm threatens to use eminent domain - BusinessWeekPipeline firm threatens to use eminent domain
By JOSH FUNK
A Canadian company that wants to build an oil pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico is again threatening landowners with court action if they don't sell TransCanada the rights it needs to build the Keystone XL pipeline.
TransCanada was criticized last summer for mentioning eminent domain in letters to landowners. Company spokesman Terry Cunha said TransCanada has agreements with more than 80 percent of landowners along the six-state route and wants to be ready if the project is approved.
Well I remember about what, 5 years ago? In Massachusetts, there was some major hullabaloo about the state enforcing ED doctrine to seize private property to put up a Wal-mart. This made me sick.
For necessary infrastructure exclusively. Roads, airports, etc..
"Yes, but are you a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?".- Northern Irish joke
There are blighted neighborhoods that are half-vacant; infested with druggies; basically uninhabitable; owned by what we sometimes call slumlords. Well, I think many of these so-called slumlords are overwhelmed by the conditions of the neighborhood, their buildings, and their plight. Even if they wanted to sell these buildings, they couldn't do it because of their present use/condition. When a landlord fails (for whatever reason) to keep up their property, keep criminals out, keep the water running and the sewers working, then I think it makes sense for government to step in, use imminent domain and get rid of these pits. Landlords like it...or not.
Thank you, Quazi!