Susette Kelo signs a copy of “Little Pink House” before the movie premiere on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Garde Arts Center in New London. The film adaptation of Jeff Benedict’s book about Kelo’s fight against eminent domain in New London’s Fort Trumbull neighborhood will move on to a limited national release. (Photo: Sarah Gordon/The Day)
On June 23, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that fostering economic development is an appropriate use of the government’s power of eminent domain.
The 5-to-4 decision cleared the way for the city of New London, Connecticut, to proceed with a large-scale plan to replace a faded residential neighborhood with office space for research and development., a conference hotel, new residences and a pedestrian “riverwalk” along the Thames River.
In her dissenting opinion, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote, “The government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more. The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result.”
The controversial case, Kelo v. City of New London, No. 04-108, is the subject of a film that opens in select markets this Friday (but not until September 12 in Brookfield).
Jeff Jacoby writes in the Boston Globe:
If “Little Pink House,” a new movie starring Catherine Keener and directed by Courtney Balaker, were the usual Hollywood tale of humble citizens abused by a mighty corporation and its political allies, you could expect it to find its way to a happy ending, with the little guys prevailing and their powerful antagonists getting their comeuppance.