Little Pink House: Highlighting Eminent Domain Abuse

I recently watched Courtney Balaker’s 2017 film Little Pink House, and I strongly recommend the film for viewers who wish to feel what it is like to suffer from eminent domain abuse. The film highlights the story of Susette Kelo, who purchased and renovated a little pink house in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London, CT. After she had settled in and made a life for herself in her home, the private nonprofit New London Development Corporation (NLDC) repeatedly attempted to purchase property in Fort Trumbull in order to raze it down and build a biotech park surrounding a new Pfizer Inc. research center. The City of New London considered the NLDC’s efforts worthwhile, so they issued eviction notices and held that the Takings Clause was justifiable reason to obtain the homes in Fort Trumbull. This conflict eventually caught the eye of the Institute for Justice’s Scott Bullock, who served as the lawyer of Kelo and her neighbors. Eventually, the case Kelo et al. v. City of New London rose to the Supreme Court, and the Court ruled 5-4 that the City was indeed justified under the Takings Clause to obtain ownership of the Fort Trumbull Homes. The decision led to enormous controversy. Read more on the official website here and on Reason.com here.