Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Eminent Domain

Interesting documentary about a community in New York City that's fighting against eminent domain in the shadow of CitiField.

Willets Point: The Iron Triangle from Nicholas Weissman on Vimeo.

The filmmaker notes that the area has been declared a blight despite the fact that it's home to numerous tax-paying businesses. Owners argue that a considerable degree of blight has been caused by the city's refusal to provide decent road or sewer repair.

Question for a libertarian: Is this a good argument? My knee jerk reaction is instant revulsion at the thought of eminent domain. I hate it. However, having built your business in a blighted area, you have an expectation for other taxpayers to cover your costs?

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