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More eminent domain taking

2005-06-29 16:01:52.013777+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Developer proposes hotel to be built on land currently "owned" by Justice David H. Souter:

Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.

The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."

(If you're lost, start here). And David Chess also has some words worth reading in full:

Good news, comrades! The Supreme Court of the People today affirmed the power of local soviets to allocate the use of land in whatever way most effectively furthers the aims of the Revolution, handing a smarting defeat to those reactionary running dogs who would put "private property rights" over the collective will of the masses!

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-29 18:42:34.074481+00 by: ziffle

A lot of people are very upset about this. Nearly universal.

I wrote him and offered money as part owner - I think it would actually make money and of course bring in higher taxes, so of course the city should allow it, or we'll sue! And take it to the supreme court!

Reading Atlas Shrugged is a good thing.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-29 19:18:13.283726+00 by: Dan Lyke

I've seen a couple of things indicating that this sort of thing is prohibited in the New Hampshire, even though it's permissible under federal law. So it'll probably have to be explored in other states...

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-29 19:32:18.736797+00 by: Larry Burton

I think several states will be looking at legislation in the coming weeks to curb the ability of municipalities to sieze private property for private developers. I'm cynical enough to believe that nothing will happen with this legislation after memory fades on the SC decision.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-29 21:17:47.719952+00 by: meuon

There are things worth fighting for, physically if forced to, in the world and this is one of them. I understand that Clements offer is part media stunt, and part very real example of why Justice Souter's decision in the Kelo case was a bad bad idea. Hopefully, Souter isn't as well armed and willing to protect his "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" as I am. :)

#Comment Re: made: 2005-07-11 16:56:41.654689+00 by: meuon

I just got a "Lost Liberty Hotel" Newsletter from Clements, looks like they are still going strong, if not to actually do it, at least have a lot of fun and media frenzy trying..