Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beware the government planner

"Planning also played a role in the infamous Kelo vs. City of New London decision, where the Supreme Court in 2005 said cities could take property from private owners and give it to other private parties. New London could do this, said Justice Stevens, because it had 'carefully formulated an economic development plan that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community.' As the American Planning Association gleefully observed, the Kelo 'decision validates the essential role of planning.' Apparently, all government has to do is write a plan and the Constitution goes out the windodw."
~Randal O'Toole, Why Government Planning Always Fails

1 comment:

Mike aka Proof said...

Last I heard, that lot the developers just had to have is still vacant. Eminent domain my patoot!