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Kelo vs. New London
dddb before city council hearing scene
During the course of our filming the Supreme Court heard the case Kelo vs. New London.
In brief, New London seized a bunch of property in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood in order to create a research facility for Pfizer, and the Supreme Court upheld their right to do it. This case solidified the idea that government can seize private property from one party and transfer it to another private party in the name of economic development (economic development as "public purpose"). This case was closely watched by opponents of the Atlantic Yards project. When the AY project was approved and the eminent domain process began home and business owners sued to stop it in Federal court.
Two years later the Supreme Court declined to hear the Atlantic Yards case. At this point it was filed in NY state court. Goldstein et al V ESDC was heard by the New York's highest court in October and a decision is expected in the next few weeks.
This week Pfizer announced
that they will be leaving New London. What was once a neighborhood of homes is now a fallow development site. While this issue shouldn't legally have any bearing on the AY case before the court it seems as if the States highest judges likely read the NY Times. If they read the many editorials
on the subject yesterday it seems hard to believe that they could side with the ESDC.
We look forward to your comments.
This article from today's Wall Street Journal has some interesting info about the situation.
Thanks to everyone for all the support. The pledges and words of encouragement have given us such a great burst of energy to move forward with the film.
We are posting a short scene today that was cut from the film.
On the day that the City Council planned to hold hearings on the Atlantic Yards Daniel Goldstein and Patty Hagan talked to a tv reporter about the event. The actual city council hearing was informational only. The city council had no say over the project.