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Cant trust em Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:48 PM
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What are your thoughts on eminent domain for public projects?
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Edited on Wed Jan-27-10 06:53 PM by Cant trust em
Thinking about the pending high speed rail announcement tomorrow, what are your thoughts about the folks who will undoubtedly have to give up their property in the name of the greater good?

Some thoughts that are going through my head:

1. These projects represent the future. Think about the federal highway system and how that has impacted everything about our lives from the basics of how we get around to the movement of goods and services. It has gone a long way to unifying our huge country.

2. No matter how much people are compensated, moving from your home always sucks.

To what extent can we, or should we, balance these two things?
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  -What are your thoughts on eminent domain for public projects? Cant trust em  Jan-27-10 06:48 PM   #0 
  - Sometimes its necessary, usually not. nt  ThomWV   Jan-27-10 06:49 PM   #1 
  - the way that I have seen it done in the past has been very unfair  NightWatcher   Jan-27-10 06:50 PM   #2 
  - I don't imagine that our HS rail system will take much land.....isn't it going down the median of I4  FLAprogressive   Jan-27-10 06:51 PM   #3 
  - N O  TheCowsCameHome   Jan-27-10 06:51 PM   #4 
  - What if they used existing railroad beds?  liberal N proud   Jan-27-10 06:52 PM   #5 
  - High-speed rail requires new land acquisitions  Alias Dictus Tyrant   Jan-27-10 07:07 PM   #18 
     - Restated - not the bed but rather the right of way  liberal N proud   Jan-27-10 07:44 PM   #26 
  - Public projects okay,private no.  virgogal   Jan-27-10 06:52 PM   #6 
  - Exactly. n/t  lumberjack_jeff   Jan-27-10 07:49 PM   #28 
  - Likely, you could build high speed rail on top of land used for interstates.  Selatius   Jan-27-10 06:53 PM   #7 
  - In urban areas the right of way is typically maxed out.  Edweird   Jan-27-10 07:21 PM   #23 
     - The spot above the big dig now looks beautiful.  Cant trust em   Jan-27-10 07:28 PM   #24 
        - I have no doubt.  Edweird   Jan-27-10 07:49 PM   #27 
  - Eminent domain is appropriate for public projects for the public good.  Ozymanithrax   Jan-27-10 06:54 PM   #8 
  - Absolutely. n/t  Fire1   Jan-27-10 07:13 PM   #22 
  - I believe that decision should be left to the property owner and not the big guns.  midnight   Jan-27-10 06:54 PM   #9 
  - The Trans Texas Corridor or Perry's naked land grab went down in flames.  Skink   Jan-27-10 06:54 PM   #10 
  - Pay them very well and kick them out. nt  bemildred   Jan-27-10 06:55 PM   #11 
  - People are well compensated when their homes and businesses  Warpy   Jan-27-10 06:55 PM   #12 
  - I watched more than half my neighborhood be confiscated for I-95  Stinky The Clown   Jan-27-10 06:56 PM   #13 
  - I'm very uncomfortable with eminent domain in general, but...  Fleshdancer   Jan-27-10 06:58 PM   #14 
  - This is so iffy for me.  Shell Beau   Jan-27-10 06:59 PM   #15 
  - I think it depends on the project ...  gleaner   Jan-27-10 07:03 PM   #16 
  - It's too often abused, and often abused in a discriminatory manner  begin_within   Jan-27-10 07:07 PM   #17 
  - It really depends on the scope  jtuck004   Jan-27-10 07:08 PM   #19 
  - i have a friend who has to move his's in the courts right now  spanone   Jan-27-10 07:09 PM   #20 
  - You're not going to "balance" it. Money talks bullshit walks. n/t  Fire1   Jan-27-10 07:10 PM   #21 
  - In the case of this rail project I am all for it, AND I may be in the path  Not Me   Jan-27-10 07:33 PM   #25 
  - I don't really like it.  Jamastiene   Jan-27-10 07:52 PM   #29 

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