Little Pink House

Little Pink House

A True Story of Defiance and Courage

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In Little Pink House, award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict takes readers behind the scenes of the Suzatte Kelso case (a case that ultimately reached the United States Supreme Court) in which Kelso led the charge to take on corporate America to save her home.
Published: New York : Grand Central Pub, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780446508629
0446508624
Branch Call Number: 343.746 BEN
Characteristics: xv, 397 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Feb 16, 2017

This book does a wonderful job of illustrating how eminent domain works in the U.S. and how property owners should never feel comfortable in their ownership. Of course there should be some narrowly defined situations when "for the public good" the state can pay a property owner a fair price and relocation expenses and damages. I thought it would normally be for a most necessary freeway which would save millions of commuters many hours on their way to and from work.
But the Supreme Court decision in 2005 made it clear that eminent domain can be used to enrich private corporations.
This book really takes you through the homeowners who fought, the dirty tricks that their city played on them, the profit the real estate agents made, the exceptions that can be made with the appropriate political ties, all the down and dirty.
It was a bit of a struggle to follow all the of players but worth it.

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