Little Pink House

Little Pink House

A True Story of Defiance and Courage

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SOON TO BE A MOTION PICTURE STARRING CATHERINE KEENER THAT "BRINGS URGENCY TO A FASCINATING, UNDER-EXPLORED THEME." - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Suzette Kelo was just trying to rebuild her life when she purchased a falling down Victorian house perched on the waterfront in New London, CT. The house wasn't particularly fancy, but with lots of hard work Suzette was able to turn it into a home that was important to her, a home that represented her new found independence.

Little did she know that the City of New London, desperate to revive its flailing economy, wanted to raze her house and the others like it that sat along the waterfront in order to win a lucrative Pfizer pharmaceutical contract that would bring new business into the city. Kelo and fourteen neighbors flat out refused to sell, so the city decided to exercise its power of eminent domain to condemn their homes, launching one of the most extraordinary legal cases of our time, a case that ultimately reached the United States Supreme Court.

In Little Pink House, award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict takes us behind the scenes of this case -- indeed, Suzette Kelo speaks for the first time about all the details of this inspirational true story as one woman led the charge to take on corporate America to save her home.

"Passionate...a page-turner with conscience." -- Publishers Weekly

"Catherine Keener nails the combination of anger, grace, and attitude that made Susette Kelo a nationally known crusader." -- Deadline Hollywood

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub, c2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780446508629
0446508624
Branch Call Number: 343.0252 BENEDICT
Characteristics: xv, 397 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 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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