Columbia gets away with it

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.

Indeed.

UPDATE: Reynolds’s latest column is on the topic.

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