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Kelo Reflects on Eminent Domain 3 Years Later
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The woman at the center of an eminent domain case that went all the way to the US Supreme Court says the fight to save her home has led many states to re-think property laws.

In 2005, the US Supreme Court ruled in Kelo vs. New London that local governments could seize homes and businesses for private economic developments as a way to boost civic revenue.

Now, 3 years later, Lead plaintiff, Susette Kelo says more than 42 states have changed laws to prevent eminent domain.

Kelo lives in Groton now. Speaking on Where We Live, she says her life and the life of her neighbors will never be the same since they were forced to move by New London to make room for a mixed use development project.

"You know, we simply teach our children not to take stuff from other people that doesn't belong to them. I mean, it's certainly just the same idea. For them to take what we owned away from us, for nothing, you know. So they thought they had a big plan, but it never seems to work out because what they're doing is wrong, and in the end, it seems like almost they're punished because they cannot go forward with what they planned."

The houses have been removed and the land cleared but the Fort Trumbull redevelopment project has stalled.

Kelo's little pink house was moved to a different location in New London and this past weekend, the landmark house re-opened as serve as a monument for a national property rights movement.

Kelo's full interview and further discussion about eminent domain law can be heard on Where We Live tonight at 8 and on wnpr.org.