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Kelo and Environmental Conservation:

Interesting observation by the head of the American Farmland Trust that Kelo may have an unexpected negative effect on conservation of open space: "With so much farmland on the urban edge and near cities still in steep decline, ex-urban towns could be tempted by this ruling to make farmland available for subdivisions."

The story on Commons Blog.

triticale (mail) (www):
If the rest of the G8 were to take Bush up on his offer to drop farm subsidies, this won't even be necessary.
7.9.2005 2:36pm
Ciarand Denlane (mail) (www):
Why isn't it at least as plausible that Kelo will have the opposite effect? By making it easier for a city to condemn "brownfields" and to repurpose existing areas of the city, it might make it less likely that a city will expand into farmland while leaving behind underutilized land in its core. This is not necessarily an argument for Kelo, but a question whether this one particular effect of Kelo is indeed a net negative.
7.9.2005 2:46pm
John Noble (mail):
This is propaganda in service of conservationists collaborating with a wealthy elite to impose "smart growth" restrictions on the development of rural land and prevent urban sprawl. Ex-urban towns aren't seizing land for subdivisions. They are under the sway of large estate owners who don't farm, and want to prevent subdivision, and suppress land values and tax assessments, at the expense of ranchers and farmers who want to sell their land to developers at values measured by the highest and best use. The real story
7.9.2005 9:26pm