Little Pink House

Little Pink House

A True Story of Defiance and Courage

Book - 2009
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Susette Kelo was just trying to rebuild her life when she purchased an old house perched on the waterfront in New London, Conn. It wasn't fancy, but with hard work she was able to turn it into a home that was important to her. Little did she know that the City of New London, desperate to revive its flailing economy, wanted to raze her house and others along the waterfront in order to win a lucrative Pfizer pharmaceutical contract that would bring new business into the city. Kelo and fourteen neighbors refused to sell, so the city decided to exercise its power of eminent domain to condemn their homes, launching a case that ultimately reached the Supreme Court. Investigative journalist Jeff Benedict takes us behind the scenes of this case, and Kelo speaks for the first time about how one woman took on corporate America to save her home.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446508629
Characteristics: xv, 397 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Feb 16, 2017

This book does a wonderful job of illustrating how eminent domain works in the U.S. and how property owners should never feel comfortable in their ownership. Of course there should be some narrowly defined situations when "for the public good" the state can pay a property owner a fair price and relocation expenses and damages. I thought it would normally be for a most necessary freeway which would save millions of commuters many hours on their way to and from work.
But the Supreme Court decision in 2005 made it clear that eminent domain can be used to enrich private corporations.
This book really takes you through the homeowners who fought, the dirty tricks that their city played on them, the profit the real estate agents made, the exceptions that can be made with the appropriate political ties, all the down and dirty.
It was a bit of a struggle to follow all the of players but worth it.


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