Eminent Domain is the government’s right to take private property for public use by paying market value for the property.
As usual, there are pros and cons.
I am a pro property conservation and believe in building strong community and establishing tight and lasting bonds within neighborhoods. At the same time, I am aware of the need for expansion of cities and communities.
The issue with eminent domain in my opinion is the fact that people for and against it neglect to properly appreciate the delicateness of the situation.
Eminent domain causes neighborhoods to be broken, families to be displaced and community to no longer exist. Moving and changing everything is very difficult. Most of the time, the properties being purchased tend to be properties that have stood for a years, hence making it difficult ( especially emotionally) for owners to want to relocate. The history of the neighborhood and part of town will be erased in a blink of an eye.
On the other hand, we are all asking for growth, we want the government to do more. We are asking to have access to conveniency. It is difficult to get the butter but also keep the butter’s money. To get something you have to give something. the cost of an influx into a city, a town, the cost of expansion will be a change in neighborhood. Governments need to build bigger roads to accommodate more cars and reduce traffic congestions ( which we all complain about). Airports, hospitals schools and other public facilities need to be built in order to cater to the community.
There is a need to for eminent domain but I believe that it should be used as a last resort in order to preserve a part of the city history and communities.