There’s a little blue house that catches my eye every time I visit my grandparents. It’s not unique; it’s not so different than any other middle class home. There’s nothing about it that stands out—except for where it sits: smack dab in the middle of two large student housing buildings.
It’s kind of comical—there it sits all by itself amongst the complexes; the other single family homes around it long ago torn down.
I don’t know the story behind the lone holdout—though I have to imagine the developers were incensed by the stubborn owner.
After all, they were building student housing complexes in a small community whose burgeoning state university student population desperately needed it. (And they were probably interested in making their money, too.)
Yet there it sat; the owner hadn’t budged one iota. And I think it’s kind of awesome.
Why? Because it’s such an uncommon sight to see.
So often these little blue houses lose. They succumb to pressure; they succumb to intimidation—and today, thanks to a wildly wrongheaded Supreme Court decision—they’ll often lose to abuses of eminent domain.
So what’s the deal? Is it good? Bad? Right? Wrong? And when exactly did our Founders see it coming into the picture?
Let’s break this down.
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