I’m in lovely Provo, Utah on business, staying at the Provo Marriott. Since I was really busy with work tonight, I ordered room service: one medium pizza (the smallest size on the regular menu) and three beers – I was thirsty.
The room service lady called me back a few minutes later to tell me they were “out” of medium pizzas! She offered to send me two “small” pizzas instead. I replied that I didn’t know there were small pizzas, as I didn’t see them on the menu.
It turns out the “small” pizzas are the kiddie pizzas from the children’s menu.
I ate them both.
Finally, because this is Utah, they decided for me that I didn’t need three beers, and only sent me two.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an unfortunate decision in the case of Kelo v. New London.
The city of New London decided to redevelop an area of town to promote economic revitalization in the area, and sought to acquire the property that was occupied by private homes. Most homeowners agreed and took the compensation offered, but some refused, forcing the city to begin eminent domain proceedings. Now, this kind of thing happens all the time, but it historically has been used in a case such as the building of a highway, or some other project that serves a purely public purpose. The problem in this case is that the city planned to build office buildings, a hotel, shops, restaurants, and even other houses on the site! These plans sound great, but they are fundamentally private enterprises that have no purely public purpose.
The Fifth Amendment states, in relevant part:
nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
The amendment clearly states that property can only be taken for public use when fair compensation is given. It mentions nothing about taking private property for use by other private citizens or enterprises. The bare five justice majority of the Court seemed to decide the case based upon the notion that the city’s economic development plan was “carefully considered,” even though they admit that “the city is not planning to open the condemned land
This cracks me up – especially the part about the Redmond Artistic Recycling Project.
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Funny sight in a Utah hotel!