Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal and the Constitution Legal and Policy Perspectives: Session 2 (Part 2 of 3)

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October [sic] Feb. 4, 2005

Speakers: Thomas E. Bier, Professor & Director, Center for Housing Research & Policy, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University Jeffrey Finkle, President & CEO, International Economic Development Council Sam Staley, Director, Urban Futures Program, Reason Public Policy Institute Moderator: Jonathan H. Adler, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center for Business Law & Regulation, Case School of Law

Presented by: Center for Business Law & Regulation Co-sponsored by the Federalist Society Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Session Title: The Value of Eminent Domain: An Effective Economic Development Strategy

This panel addresses the policy questions raised by eminent domain, specifically the extent to which the eminent domain power is necessary, or even useful, for urban economic development. While there is little dispute that eminent domain is an important governmental tool for traditional public purposes, such as road construction and the like, there is much dispute over whether use of eminent domain to spur economic development is, in practice, an effective economic development strategy. Speakers address the pros and cons of using eminent domain as a policy tool and potential alternatives to eminent domain.

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Center for Business Law & Regulation

Subject Headings

eminent domain; Fifth Amendment; public use; blight remediation; urban renewal


Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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