Columbia University has succeeded in stealing its neighbors’ land. Columbia employed a cynical plan in which they bought up adjacent land, allowed it to fall into disrepair, and then prevailed on the government to condemn the entire area as “blighted”. A court blocked the scheme but was overruled by the New York Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court will not review the case.
Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.
POSTSCRIPT: Glenn Reynolds points out:
Eminent domain is often sold as “the people vs. the powerful.” But in fact it’s property rights that protect the people from the powerful.
UPDATE: Reynolds’s latest column is on the topic.