I don't know if anyone has heard about this, but it really angered me to hear how little the goverment cares about private property ownership. I can understand needing a section of my property to put up a new electricity pole, or even digging up the end of my driveway to install new water pipelines, but I would never give up my property so they can build a new Wal-Mart, which is exactly what the city wants to do with the property once it is seized.
this link is from the neil boortz show, I know he may not be liked by everyone here, even me, but i actually agree with what he says here:Neil Boortz article
here's a link from the local NBC affiliate:NBC article
Basically, anyone in Alabama that owns a home can have their home taken away by the gov as long as they can make a good case for it in court.
if you don't believe me, just google "alabaster alabama eminent domain" or any version of the above.
here's what the mayor of the city has to say about it:Letter from the mayor
here it mentions that the average citizen earns $65,000/year:Economic development section
how can this community or this area be considered "blighted" or low income, if that is the average income of the citizens?
Here's the jovial local press release about the new business coming to town:city news
So what do you guys think about this? Is it ok for a city to forcibly buy your property so they can sell it at a higher profit to a private business, and collect higher taxes for this? Where is the benefit to the people? Perhaps jobs? Perhaps lower prices on goods from Wal-Mart? Does that justify taking away someone's home? Would there be that great a benefit?