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This posting discusses the Kelo v City of New London case

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Should the government be able to take private property for the sort of purpose involved here? What are the limits on the right of the government to take property? Should their be limits so long as the government pays a fair price? Here's a link to a discussion on wikipedia about the case of Kelo v. City of New London:

Kelo v City of New London


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The solution discusses the Kelo v the City of New london case, and also provides references.

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The main factor in cases of the takings clause is whether or not the case is justifiable under the Constitution's Fifth Amendment, which holds that the government can take private property for public use, but the government must give adequate, reasonable compensation to the land owner in the taking of the land. The adequate compensation is determined by court proceeding to decide what the fair value of the land is, and is then made to the property owner. In this case, the reason for the exercise of governmental power was to add to the economic condition of the community and surrounding communities by ...

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