Friday, August 27, 2010

Plight of the poor homeowners in Montgomery, Alabama

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Urgent to poor people in Montgomery, Alabama: If the city doesn’t like the way your home looks, even if it’s up to code and even if the courts rule in your favor, they’ll kick you out of it and tear it down and give the land to people with bigger moneybags than you. Oh, and you’re paying for it, you filthy peasant.

This isn’t even an abuse of eminent domain (where the government can appropriate private residences for public use in exchange for just compensation). This is just insane. How such a law has been allowed to remain on the books – or why media attention has only just fallen upon it – is beyond comprehension.

(via The Agitator)