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dc.contributor.authorZurn, Robert Lawton
dc.description.abstractThe Supreme Court eminent domain case Kelo v. City of New London outraged the majority of Americans. The anger was due in part to misunderstandings about the facts and holding of the case. This thesis explores the history and law of eminent domain and the public use requirement for a better understanding of the Kelo holding as a starting point for an examination of the sources of preservationists’ ambivalence toward the power of eminent domain. While eminent domain can be a powerful tool for preservation-centric developments and the acquisition of endangered properties, it also has left a tragic legacy of demolition of historic buildings in the name of blight remedy. Finally, this thesis examines the potential impact on preservation of post-Kelo statutes from three states: Ohio, Alabama, and Georgia.
dc.subjectHistoric Preservation
dc.subjectKelo v. City of New London
dc.subjectEminent Domain
dc.subjectPublic Use
dc.subjectPublic Purpose
dc.subjectBerman v. Parker
dc.subjectUrban Renewal
dc.titleA blessing or a curse?
dc.title.alternativethe potential impact of post-Kelo legislation on historic preservation
dc.description.departmentHistoric Preservation
dc.description.majorHistoric Preservation
dc.description.advisorPratt Cassity
dc.description.committeePratt Cassity
dc.description.committeeEric MacDonald
dc.description.committeeAndrew Carswell
dc.description.committeeVictor Ellis

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