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January 24, 2020

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Private Property, Public Interest
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Americans enjoy driving on public roads. Some live in neighborhoods revitalized by publicly supported urban renewal projects while others enjoy parklands and wilderness areas protected by government action. But these public benefits come at a cost and, now, those who have lost land or lost physical or economic use of their land to the Constitution’s “takings” clause are fighting back. In a case that pits powerful private interests against Hawaii, 16 other states, and the nation’s Mayors, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to determine the limits of taking property in the public interest.

Jeffrey Finkle is the president and CEO of the International Economic Development Council, created as a result of a merger of the Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED) and the American Economic Development Council. Finkle was president and CEO of CUED. Finkle previously served as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development. He supervised the Urban Development Action Grant Program, the Community Development Block Grant Program and the Housing Rehabilitation program. He also serves as CEO of the National Association of Installation Developers and heads the Bollinger Foundation.

James Howard Kunstler is a novelist and journalist who condemns the car-dependent suburbanization of America and explores alternative forms of urban development. Kunstler began his career as a reporter and feature writer and was a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. Kunstler’s landmark novel, The Geography of Nowhere, served as a wake-up call for citizens to reinvent the places where we live and work. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia and elsewhere.

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"When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content."

— Machiavelli

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