Why the Public Must Revolt Over Eminent Domain
Only democratic pressure can fight government abuse, as a recent case in Idaho demonstrates.
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Most of the time, Boise State University’s claim to fame is its blue turf football field.
But now BSU is garnering attention for something very different: its attempt to seize private land through eminent domain. The reason? It wants to build a baseball stadium for a team that does not yet exist. This has sparked outrage from the public, which sees it as not only exacerbating the community’s housing affordability crisis, but showing just how unimportant private property is in Boise.