Thursday, August 25, 2005

Use of Eminent Domain Debated in Missouri

St. Louis has long relied on the power of eminent domain to help redevelop blighted neighborhoods and properties. Typically when this is done, it only happens when there is community support, passed by an ordinance of the City of St. Louis addressing the specific blight situation.

Nonetheless, there are some members of the community who consider the use of eminent domain as denying private citizens their individual property rights.

However, when a private owner has abandoned his or her property, and the property has become a neighborhood nuisance, or stands in the way of a neighborhood revitalization effort, shouldn't communities have the right to authorize the use of the eminent domain to preserve or improve their neighborhoods?

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