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On June 23, 2005, in Kelo v. New London, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a city's use of eminent domain, in which private homes were seized in order to enable commercial development. In the year since the ruling, many states are considering, or have enacted, new legislation to change when and how eminent domain can be exercised.

KnowledgePlex, the National City Network, and Harvard University's Government Innovators Network brought together a diverse panel of experts to discuss the implications of the decision and highlight responses from both state governments and organizations involved in community development.



National Conference of State Legislatures - Main page for resources on eminent domain.

National League of Cities - Main page for resources on eminent domain.

Pratt Center for Community Development - Works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers, by empowering communities to plan for and realize their futures.


NGA Center for Best Practices. (2005). Issue Brief: State Policy and the Exercise of the Power of Eminent Domain.


Lane, Charles. (2005). "Justices affirm property seizures: 5-4 ruling backs forced sales for private development."  Washington Post, June 24.

Coleman, Judy. (2005). "The powers of a few, the anger of the many."  Washington Post, October 9.

Barron, David. (2006).  "Eminent domain is dead! (Long live eminent domain!)" Boston Globe, April 17.

Barron, David & Frug, Gerald. (2005). "Make eminent domain fair for all." Boston Globe, August 12.

Lander, Brad. (2006). "Eminent Domain: What The Supreme Court Ruling Means To NYC." Gotham Gazette, July.

Priston, Terry. (2006). "A Redevelopment Scuffle in Queens." New York Times, May 17.

Quinn, Christopher (2006). "Eminent domain case was like shot heard 'round U.S."  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 5.

Snyder, John L. (2006). "Kansas City's urban core undergoes an economic rebirth." St. Charles County Business Record, June 2.

Sudol, Karen, and Williams, Carol Gorga. (2006). "Ruling by high court made seizure an issue of 'eminent' concern." Bridgewater Courier News, May 6.

Rooney, Brian. (2006). "Town Snubs Wal-Mart, Citing Supreme Court: Hercules, Calif. Rejects Retailer Using Eminent Domain to Reclaim Land." ABC World News, May 24.

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