Another contributing cause to the loss of land in poor and minority communities is the taking of land by a government entity through eminent domain or condemnation.
Eminent Domain has historically been a power reserved to the government for use in situations where the taking of land is in the public interest. The United States Supreme Court ruling extending this power to private entities puts more communities at risk of losing their land.
This is already an issue in North Carolina’s coastal communities where land values are sky-rocketing (effecting property tax rates), and will be a prominent issue in the redevelopment of the areas destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. The Land Loss Prevention Project has been active in federal legislative advocacy and regional disaster training since the 2005 hurricanes. We intend to continue to work in collaboration with organizations in the regions affected by these, and future, disasters as they face the challenges of rebuilding.