In Kelo, Government Took Property for Project That Went Kaput
2:05 PM, Nov 9, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Susette Kelo, above, fought to keep her little, pink house in New London, Conn. for years, as the local government teamed up with a big business to muscle local homeowners off their property through eminent domain. The local government promised her property to Pfizer, so the company could put a new facility next to the land it already owned. Kelo took her case all the way to the Supreme Court, as her house became a lonely symbol as other neighborhood families were forced to give up the fight, because the government had the luxury of power and patience. When the Supreme Court ruled against Kelo, arguing that Pfizer's promise to bring revenue and jobs to New London constituted "public use," her house was demolished.
But today Pfizer has announced that they will not be using the land the government forced homeowners off of. Oops: